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Undergraduate Course: Africa: Migration and Identity (HIST10291)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryMigration has been an integral part of human history and a crucial component in the development of civilisations and societies. As a phenomenon that entails notions of modernity, construction and (re)-negotiation of process of identity-formation and citizenship, migration has been a central theme in social sciences and historical studies. This course seeks to explore the historical trajectories of patterns of human migration in Africa and how people's movements have contributed to the making of African identities up to present day.
Course description The course aims to provide an understanding of the wide range of factors which generated people's movements within, to and from Africa. It examines the environmental, economic, social and political (as well as individual) reasons why people have moved and continue to move; it analyses different forms of migration (forced, labour, skilled, refugee etc.) and the ways in which they created new identities, reaffirmed old ones and originated new patterns of exclusion and inclusion in African societies. The interdisciplinary approach of this course allows student to engage with a wide range of notions and studies within the fields of history and the social sciences.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. Demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. Demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
J. Abbink, "Briefing: The Erythrean-Ethiopian Border Dispute," African Affairs 97 (1998): 551-65.
O.Adejuyigbe, "Identification and Characteristics of Borderlands in Africa," in Borderlands in Africa: A Multidisciplinary and Comparative Focus on Nigeria and West Africa, edited by A.I.Asiwaju and P.O.Adeniyi (Lagos: Lagos University Press, 1989), pp. 27-36.
A.I.Asiwaju, "Borderlands in Africa: A Comparative Research Perspective with Particular Reference to Western Europe," Journal of Borderlands Studies 8, no. 2 (1993): 1-12.
Boaz Atzili, "When Good Fences Make Bad Neighbors: Fixed Borders, State Weakness, and International Conflict", International Security 31.3 (2007) 139-173.
Andrew Burton, "Urchins, loafers and the cult of the cowboy: Urbanisation and delinquency in Dar es Salaam, 1919-1961" in Journal of African History 42 (2001).
Frederick Cooper, On the African Waterfront: Urban Disorder and the Transformation of Work in Colonial Mombasa (New Haven, 1987).
J. Herbst, "The Challenges to African Boundaries," Journal of International Affairs 46 (1992): 17-31.
Igor Kopytoff, ed., The African Frontier: The Reproduction of Traditional African Societies (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987).
Ricardo René Larémon, Borders, Nationalism and the African State (2005)
Achille Mbembe, "At the Edge of the World: Boundaries, Territoriality, and Sovereignty in Africa", Public Culture 12.1 (2000) 259-284.
Willem Van Schendel and Michiel Baud "Toward a Comparative History of Borderlands" Journal of World History 8.2 (1997) 211-242.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsAfrica Mig & Ident
Course organiserDr Joan Haig
Course secretaryMrs Summer Wight
Tel: (0131 6)50 4580
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