Project
The Cultures of Africa
- 'Venturing into the Untapped African Way of Life'
Wed. 2nd. Period Simon M. Bedelo
Keywords:
Culture, Discussion, Project, Research, Speaking

Almost everyone outside of Africa is fascinated by the cultural dynamics of the continent. Few, however, have had the opportunity of grasping the core of its cultures. This course aims to provide an objective glimpse for understanding Africa’s Way of Life. The language components of the course are speaking, listening, reading and short paragraph writings. 


Topics for the class involve aspects of cross-comparative cultures in both Asia and Africa. At the end of the course, students will be able to 1) understand the underlying issues that affect African lives and 2) acquire the necessary basis for dealing with socio-economic problems that are vital to the continent. 


Participation in open or group discussions: 20%
Two writing reports (Week 7 and 12): 20%
Four project reports (Week 3, 5, 7 and 9): 40%
Final presentation: 20%


1

The Dynamics of Culture

This session challenges students into a) defining culture and b) setting up the basis of an individual's cultural identity.

2

The Basis for Understanding

Africa Students discuss the issue of 'Diversity' and how it defies much of the existing knowledge about the continent.

3

The Art of Reporting

Students learn the fundamentals of preparing and presenting a report.

4

Project Report Session 1

Using the reporting skills studied in Week 3 and the ideas discussed in Week 1 and 2, each student reports on general aspects of cultures as applied in their individual lives.

5

Beliefs and Systems of Thought

Students are introduced to the variety of beliefs and systems of thought that exist in several regions of Africa.

6

Project Report Session 2

Using the ideas developed in Week 5 and the skills of Week 3, each student presents a cross-comparative report on issues of beliefs and customs as practiced in both Asia and Africa.

7

The Role and the Meaning of Music and Dance in Africa

Students are introduced to the amazing world of 'African' music and dance. During the session, students will listen to actual African music.

8

Project Report Session 3

Each student introduces an African musical prodigy of their choice. Presentations are followed by a feedback from the audience.

9

Women's Role in African Societies

The session discusses the myth and reality regarding the role of women in various regions of Africa.

10

The Cultural Aspect of Leadership in Africa

The session tackles the impact of cultural beliefs and traditions on leadership.

11

Project Report Session 4

On the basis of the activities of Week 6, students present cross-comparative reports either on a) the role of women in Africa or b) the cultural icons of Africa as seen from Asia.

12

The Art of Preparing a Final Presentation

Students learn and review the main elements for preparing a power-point presentation.

13

Final Presentation Group 1

Using the various elements that were discussed so far, each student makes a power-point presentation outlining their understanding of cultures in Africa and their own personal ideas for a greater appreciation of Africa’s cultural potential. The presentations are followed by comments from the audience.

14

Final Presentation Group 2

Using the various elements that were discussed so far, each student makes a power-point presentation outlining their understanding of cultures in Africa and their own personal ideas for a greater appreciation of Africa’s cultural potential. The presentations are followed by comments from the audience.

15

Overall Review and Open Discussion

Students discuss what they have learned and how the class has impacted their view of Africa's way of life.


This class is fun and rewarding. The class allows students to connect their academic interest to the issues being discussed in the course. 

(S) is given to those who: 1) have attended all the classes; 2) have handed in assignments on time; and 3) achieved 95 percent of overall points.