The course Interdisciplinary Africa (Summer term 2020/2021) was created within the Centre for African studies in the academic year 2019/2020. This course takes place during the winter and summer semesters in Campus Hybernská in the room 3D. The language of instruction is mostly Czech and it takes place every Monday at 6:20pm.
This course is conceptualized as an interdisciplinary course which can offer a wide range of topics to the students, ranging from political systems to post-colonial literature or environmental issues. Each topic will have its own lecture made by academics from various fields and universities. The course it aimed at students from all research fields, regardless of their year of study. Students from different schools can also sign up for the course. The interdisciplinary course should familiarize students with the issues of African studies as a whole and should help overcome barriers of various research fields. The goals of the course is to explain the historical, cultural and political context of the African continent, which is deeply intertwined with western civilization. The course functions as an introduction to African studies and is supposed to raise awareness of African nations and countries. It should lead the students towards the understanding and clarification of the issues Africa is facing today.
The course requires reading texts ahead of each meeting. These texts will then be discussed in class. To acquire credits, the student must regularly attend the course (maximum three absences) and they must actively participate during the lessons.
Particular topics, especially own research, will be presented by the students during the summer semester. (This research will be in the form of PhD thesis, or an M.A. thesis.)