AFST 250A – Introduction to African Studies

Offered Term 1 and Term 2
Instructor: Dr. Kofi J.S. Gbolonyo

(Major cultural, historical and geographical issues of African Studies)

AFST 250 is an introductory course designed to provide students with background information and critical approaches that will enable them to participate in academic discussions and take more advanced courses in the field of African Studies. It will emphasize critical thinking and seek to foster an awareness of the conceptual challenges involved in our attempts to understand the complexities of African Studies.

Syllabus for AFST 250A Fall 2018


AFST 351A  – Perspectives in African Studies: Literary and Theoretical Approaches

Offered Term 1
Instructor: Deena Dinat

(Contemporary African Literature on these Indigenous Lands)

The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with writing about, of, and by African writers as well as writing and theories deriving from African experience. Through a selection of readings by contemporary African writers, students will read and think with Canadian Indigenous writers about it means to be in relation, to remember and to resist. Students will learn to evaluate these works as spaces of political solidarity and critical thinking between writers writing across continents.

Syllabus for AFST 351 Fall 2018


AFST 352A – Perspectives in African Studies: A Social Science Approach

Offered Term 2
Instructor: Dr. Kofi J.S. Gbolonyo 

This course examines the histories of “Modern Africa,” itself a problematic idea, from 1800 to the present. We will explore themes of African societies and statecraft in the 19th century; colonial conquest, collaboration and resistance; the nature of the colonial state; cultures of gender, ethnicity and work under colonial rule; violent nationalisms, independence and colonial legacies; postcolonial conflict and the crisis of the state. While taking a comprehensive approach, particular attention will be paid to case studies drawn from Senegal, Nigeria, Algeria, Congo, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa. History 315, Britain, 1750-1850.

Syllabus for AFST 352A Spring 2019


AFST 450R – African diasporic culture in Canadian society, fostering dialogue with members of African Canadian communities on cultural values, traditions, memory, adaptation and change

Offered Term 2
Instructor: Adam Rudder

This course combines the study of historical evidence of the presence of African diasporic culture in Canadian society, reflection on the notion African diaspora and on various ways in which that notion has been viewed by political and cultural theorists, and the fostering of dialogue with members of African Canadian communities on cultural values, traditions, memory, adaptation and change. Students are encouraged not only to apply their classroom-based learning to their dialogue with members of African Canadian communities but also to challenge theoretical models and preconceived notions through the experience of discussing those models and notions with individuals, families and groups.