Undergraduate Course: The Making of Modern Ethiopia: State Ideology, Invention of Tradition and Indigenous Symbolism (HIST10287)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||Ethiopia occupies a unique position in the history of the continent as the only indigenous African state to maintain its independence in the era of European colonial conquest. This course sets out to explore the roots and the inner workings of this pre-industrial society in order to provide answers to its unprecedented survival of European colonialism. It will aim to achieve it by exploring the nature of statehood, historical ideologies and the interplay between state and religion. In particular, it will look at the nature of unique ideologies underpinning political legitimacy. The course will place emphasis on developing an understanding of how symbols of authority and power were mobilised in order to convey a political message. This will be done within the theoretical framework of debate on ?Invention of Tradition?.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| By the end of the course students should be able to demonstrate, by means of coursework and examination:
- a critical understanding of complex historical processes at play
- the use of conceptual tools that allow them to connect historical detail with broader debates applicable to other regions and time periods
- the ability to work effectively in groups and individually
- the ability to produce well structured and supported arguments in written and verbal form
- acquisition of enhanced reasoning skills, through classroom debates and through written work
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Course secretary||Ms Marie-Therese Rafferty
Tel: (0131 6)50 3780