Graduate Programmes

The graduate programme in the Institute of African Studies aims to foster critical thinking among students and to equip them with the resources, tools and methods for an enhanced understanding and appreciation of issues pertinent to African cultures and societies and their development, and to be able to initiate and conduct research in different domains of African Studies.
All students are admitted on MA basis and those who excel in the First year course work continue as M.Phil Students.
MA and M.Phil students offer the same courses with the exception of Seminar II (AFST 650) which is offered by M.phil students in the second year.

The Courses available for study are the following:


Course Code Course Title Course Credits
AFST 601 Research Methods 4
AFST 613 African Social and Political Systems 3



Course Code Course Title Course Credits
AFST 603 Theories of Development in Africa 3
AFST 605 Government and Politics in Early Post Independent Africa 3
AFST 607 African Oral Literature: An Introduction 3
AFST 609 Drama in African Societies 3
AFST 611 African Literary Traditions 3
AFST 615 Traditional Religions in African 3
AFST 617 Traditional African Music 3
AFST 621 African Historiography and Methodology 3
AFST 623 The Slave Trade And Africa 3
AFST 631 Culture and Gender in African Societies 3
AFST 633 Survey of African Art 3
AFST 641 African Family Studies 3


Course Code Course Title Course Credit
AFST 602 Advanced Research Methods 3
AFST 604 Issues in African Development 3
AFST 608 Topics in African Oral Literature 3
AFST 610 African Theatre 3
AFST 612 Trends in African Literature 3
AFST 616 Islam and Christianity in Africa 3
AFST 618 African Music in Contemporary Perspective 3
AFST 622 Ghana Since 1945 3
AFST 626 Colonial Rule and African Responses 3
AFST 632 Gender and Development in African Societies 3
AFST 634 Methodologies for Constructing Art History in African Societies 3
AFST 636 Rural Development, Environment and Modernity in Africa 3

MA/M.Phil students are required to participate actively including making presentations at the Institute's seminars.

AFST 640 Seminar I 3
AFST 650 Seminar II 3

Total minimum credit hours required to complete the graduate course in African Studies are as follows:

Course Work - 24 credits
Seminar - 3 credits
Dissertation - 12 credits
Total Minimum credits required - 39 credits