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Masters in African Studies

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Official Code: 6101
Acronym: MAF


  • Masters in African Studies (120 ECTS credits)
  • Master's Course in African Studies (60 ECTS credits)

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Prazos de Candidaturas e Vagas

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1 Concurso local Local Contest - 2016-08-22 to 2016-09-04

Courses Units

Africa and the Atlantic in the Early Modern Age


Students are expected to :

- Understand the importance of Africa within the Atlantic context in the Early Modern Age

- Place Africa in the framework of Atlantic and Global History

- Develop a critical thinking about the challenges Africa faced in the Early Modern Age

- Identify the African contributions to building of historical colonial projects

- Understand African changes and challenges within the process of globalisation 

Associativism and Development


Environmental Economics and Sustainable Development


Languages, Cultures and World Heritage in Africa


1. To understand the historic, geographic, anthropologic and social conditions for the distribution of languages in Africa and understand the multilingualism in most African countries;

2. To analyze the situation of Portuguese in Africa;

3. To discuss the emergence and situation of Portuguese based Creole languages in Africa.

4. To summarize information concerning UNESCO legislative initiatives;

5- To summarize relevant information concerning the complexity of the notion of “Heritage”;

6- To discuss critically the effects of the brand ”World Heritage”.

African Literature of Portuguese Language I


• Study of some aspects of two of the African literatures in Portuguese, the Angolan and the Cape Verdean. • Deepen fundamental theoretical concepts for the understanding of literary and cultural phenomena.

Scientific Research Methods


This course unit is designed for students to learn the different stages in the construction of scientific knowledge, from choosing a topic to the final presentation of a dissertation, including the creation of databases and the selection of data collection and methods of analysis. Students will be provided with the opportunity to consolidate research procedures applied to key subjects of their field of study.

Organisations for Cooperation and Development


Objectives Critical analysis of theories of development and evolution of the concept; Reflection on the new global policy and new strategies for development and cooperation. 

Portuguese Policies on Africa


Issues on Compared Education and Cooperation


The subject's mais goals are to:
To identify the Portuguese education system in the context of the cultural areas in which it is integrated (European and Lusophone communities) in light of a comparative perspective.
To relate the historical construction of the State-Nation with the existing school model.
To analyze the historical contexts and international institutions responsible for the international analysis of education systems.
To study the evolution of intellectual and educational cooperation throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, particularly through international organizations.
To identify the theoretical and methodological establishment of the comparative education field.
To comparatively analyze the central issues of structure and functioning of education systems across Europe and worldwide.
To develop a critical perspective in light of the prevailing conceptions about the topics/issues recurring in the development of education systems.

Intercultural Communication in African Contexts

MAF010 - ECTS This course is intended to make students aware of the difficulties which can ocurr in their interaction in African context. Misunderstandings due to false interpretations of the other(s) are frequent (in both directions).

Education, Cooperation and Development

MAF004 - ECTS This course is anchored mainly in emergency observation, in Portugal as in other countries, movements and social actors who develop an intervention from the perspective of Education for Development, which triggers questions and challenges to their practice and educational reflection and on the other hand, they point out spaces and forms of professional intervention where the masters of Science in Education may find their social relevance, from the point of view of consulting, assessment, intervention and / or research.
The main focus of this Course is to present and discuss the ways in which equates Education for Development, distinguishing it and contrasting it with the role of education in cooperation processes for development.
This intentionality assumes previously discuss what is meant by development cooperation and how this process has been transformed and is politically organized. As depreenderá, this discussion is anchored in the very discussion of the notion of development and the roles assigned to education in this, particularly in international cooperation contexts.
This course therefore proposes to integrate the field of educational reflection discussion of political, social, cultural and economic development processes, an approach that is essentially highlight the educational dimension of political and social intervention.

History of Contemporary Africa

MAF017 - ECTS To increase knowledge and historical analyses methodology on:
- patterns of colonial administrations and of the new african states
- colonial societies in Africa within the world market
-the decolonisation processes
-African societies in the new African States
- current social and political trends

History and Geography of Africa

MAF003 - ECTS As a general goal, this Curricual Unit should provide  basic contextual knowledge on Geography and History of Africa to students.

Specific Goals:
- to describe the main African Regions - physical, cultural and historical environments
- to provide an introduction to African main periods and trends
- to give broad insights and overviews on African main historical evolution under a  comparative point of view

African Literature of Portuguese Language II


• Study some aspects of three of African literatures in Portuguese, that of Mozambique, that of Sao Tome and  that of Guinea. • Deepen fundamental theoretical concepts to the understanding of literary and cultural phenomena.

Theories and Methods of Anthropoly


1.Summarize information on the dominant conceptions of anthropological thought during the twentieth century; 2. Identify critical lines of the main rupture and continuity in the history of anthropological theory; 3. Recognize some force' lines of contemporary anthropology, both from the standpoint of theoretical and methodological; 4. Recognize the place of ethnography in anthropology; 5. Summarize information on the methodology of ethnographic research: their characteristics and potential; 6. Discuss critically the practical exercise of ethnographic and anthropological writing;

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