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Undergraduate Course: Culture and Society of Tanzania with Swahili Language: Intermediate Level (Summer School) (AFRI08007)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryCulture and Society of Tanzania with Swahili Language (Intermediate) provides a contemporary, exciting, immersive and intensive introduction to various aspects of modern and traditional East African culture and builds on the student's basic knowledge of Swahili language during four weeks in Tanzania.
Course description Culture and Society of Tanzania with Swahili Language (Intermediate) is a summer school course which takes place alongside the beginner's course and allows students with sufficient knowledge in Swahili to further progress at a fast place in a Swahili-speaking environment. Students will be taught a further 500 items of vocabulary and more advanced elements of grammar. They will also be provided with a specially tailored social programme that ensures constant interaction with various members of local society and a better understanding of how Swahili is used on a day-to-day basis. During these four weeks, students will either stay at a local campsite or in pre-arranged homestays.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand more complex items of Swahili vocabulary, including more situation-specific verbs, compound adjectives and some specialised terminology in fields such as academia, technology and politics
  2. Communicate using a number of more complex tenses and verb extensions
  3. Discuss and understand certain relevant themes in greater depth, such as mobile banking, tourism and literature
  4. Cultivate an awareness of key figures in East African society
  5. Develop a working knowledge of both traditional and contemporary cultural norms in the East Africa region
Reading List
Keyswahili Book One (unpublished), by Stephen Kaye
Simplified Swahili, by Peter Wilson
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research & Enquiry:
To have an interest in learning Swahili and utilizing it in a correct environment.
The desire to develop a deep(er) insight into how Swahili functions in daily life and how it relates to culture.

Personal & Intellectual Autonomy:
The ability to engage with completely new patterns of grammar, including noun classes and agglutination.
The ability to utilize and develop what one has learnt outside of the classroom in more natural environments.
The ability to develop linguistic coping mechanisms when confronted with speakers using unfamiliar language and structures.
The ability to work independently, especially in terms of memorizing new vocabulary.

Communication skills
Communicate effectively with other people, using verbal and written means and through all class activities, such as oral presentations.

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Course organiser Stephen Kaye
Course secretaryMiss Jennifer Tempski
Tel: (0131 6)51 4836
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