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Society and Politics in Southern Africa (HI3K7)

Module Convenor: Dr Tom Lowman


Seminar times: available via Tabula

This 30 CATS final-year Advanced Option module engages with classic and cutting-edge scholarship in southern African studies and provides students with the skills and opportunity to engage in independent research in the field of African history.

On the module, we examine the history of southern Africa from the nineteenth century to the present, engaging with a range of approaches in history and the social sciences. The course is structured around four themes which are central to the history and historiography of the region: labour; urbanization and urban life; family, kinship and domestic struggles; and political movements and protest.

We analyse multi-disciplinary secondary literature and a range of primary sources, including government documents, oral testimonies, biographies, novels, music, and the reports of non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Central to our analysis is consideration of how key social categories and identities, including race, ethnicity, gender and age, have been constructed and challenged over time and how these factors have shaped the lives of southern Africa's people.

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1956 Women's March, South Africa Mineworkers on the Zambian Copperbelt, c. 2014