UJ introduces compulsory undergraduate 'African Insights' course

A compulsory undergraduate course to be introduced at the University of Johannesburg in 2017.

Course coordinator Graham Dampier says the teachings will involve several academic disciplines and aims to engage with the process of decolonising the university curriculum.

Dampier says the African Insight course will explore the works of Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Wole Soyinka and Chinua Achebe amongst others.

He explains that the course is an online module with a strong component of interaction, using its university radio platform as well as online discussion facilities.

They will not be sitting in a class. The basic criteria and requirement is just to engage with the content which we will be assessing through multiple choice questions. There is no essay or exam.

Graham Dampier, Senior Researcher at the University of Johannesburg

The purpose is really to engage with the whole process of decolonising the curriculum but also to give our students from various faculties the insights into the various works that Africans and South Africans have produced over the years.

Graham Dampier, Senior Researcher at the University of Johannesburg

We are trying to expose them to the kind of content that will allow them to engage with that knowledge more broadly and more deeply than if they weren't exposed to it at all.

Graham Dampier, Senior Researcher at the University of Johannesburg

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