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Program Details

Faculty : School of Graduate Studies

Program Name : Master of Arts Programme in History

BGCSE Points(or similar) :


Type : Graduate

No. of Semesters : 1

Description :

 Applicants should normally have either (a) a Bachelor's degree of the University of Botswana of at least second class, second division, with an average of at least 65% in History or Archaeology courses, or (b) a Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification, which in the opinion of the History Department is of the same standard, from a recognized university or equivalent institution of higher learning.

Courses involved :

Semester 1

Core Courses

  HISTORICAL RESEARCH METHODOLOGY Credits : 3
  Course Description :The nature of History and the techniques utilized for research and writing in the discipline--collection, evaluation, analysis and interpretation of data, and the presentation of the data in a coherent meaningful account in support of a point of view. 3 seminar hours per week
  PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY Credits : 3
  Course Description :The course deals with the theoretical and philosophical aspects of historical studies. It focuses on theory of knowledge or epistemology of history as a discipline, and the reflections of scholars on the course of human history as a whole. 3 seminar hours per week
  HISTORIOGRAPHICAL ISSUES IN PRECOL SOUTH AFR. Credits : 3
  Course Description :The course commences by considering the major "schools" of historical writing about Southern Africa, and then examines debates among historians, mainly in the 19th century, ending with colonization and African responses to it. 3 seminar hours per week
  HISTORIOGRAPHICAL ISSUES IN MOD. SOUTH AFRICA Credits : 3
  Course Description :The focus is on continual discourse and debate among historians concerning topics mainly in the 20th century, to give students a good grasp of the main historiographical trends and enable them to be more analytical and critical in their own research. 3 seminar hours per week

Optional Courses

  INTRODUCTION TO ECONOMIC HISTORY Credits : 3
  Course Description :

The course takes a topical approach to economic development in Africa, focusing on the origins of "African capitalism" and industrialization in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, and on controversies and debates in the economic history literature. 3 seminar hours per week

  CASE STUDIES IN THE ECONOMIC HISTORY OF AFRIC Credits : 3
  Course Description :Topics range from the economy of precolonial Africa, through critical examination of contending rationalities in agriculture, institutional rigidities and the political economy of famines, hunger, and starvation, persistence of poverty and economics of social exclusion. 3 seminar hours per week
  POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF IMPERIALISM Credits : 3
  Course Description :European imperialism has had a profound impact on recent world history, and yet it is surprisingly hard to explain satisfactorily. This course reviews the main political and economic explanations for the phenomenon. 3 seminar hours per week
  CULTURAL & ENV. APPROACH.TO HISTORY OF IMPER. Credits : 3
  Course Description :The course considers scholarly issues and approaches in the relationship between culture and imperialism, including "postcolonial" theory, on the topics of empire, race and gender; the Orientalism debate; and environmental and scientific imperialism. 3 seminar hours per week
  HISTORY OF RELIGION IN AFRICA Credits : 3
  Course Description :An overview of the historical study of religion in Africa, including introduction to the main theoretical issues. Students completing this course should be familiar with and able to discuss the main ideas current in the historical study of African religion. 3 seminar hours per week.
  RELIGION AND POWER IN BOTSWANA Credits : 3
  Course Description :The course surveys relations between religion and power, including "traditional religion" and chieftainship, impact of missionaries and traders, "church and state", conflicts over medicine, rise of independent churches, and impact of post-colonial secularism. 3 seminar hours per week
  ARCHAEOLOGY FOR TEACHERS Credits : 3
  Course Description :Designed for secondary school teachers to update and expand their knowledge of three archaeological modules: human evolution, the origins of food production, and the origins of civilization, including current theories and case studies. 3 seminar hours per week HIS651, HIS 652, HIS 653, & HIS 654 Special Topics I, II, III, & IV Topics vary from year to year, but are designed to immerse students in recent advanced scholarship in areas of expertise of current staff. The course begins with a historiographical introduction by the staff member, and proceeds as a seminar under his/her guidance. 3 seminar hours per week
  SPECIAL TOPIC I Credits : 3
  SPECIAL TOPIC II Credits : 3
  SPECIAL TOPIC III Credits : 3
  SPECIAL TOPIC IV Credits : 3

Elective Courses

    No Elective courses present in this Program for Semester 1.
Contact Details :
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