Roots of Black Identity

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Roots of Black Identity

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study

    Anthropology, Archaeology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: AGE2011S or AGE2012F, or by permission of the Head of Department.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    In AGE3011F we explore the history of southern Africa's people over the past 2000 years. Why are southern African populations so diverse? What lies behind the linguistic map of modern South Africa? What are the links between human biology, culture and language? We use the archaeological record of artefacts, settlement systems, food waste, environmental contexts and human skeletons to look at population movement, assimilation, conflict, co-operation and domination. We explain the origins of current demographic patterns, problematise the notion of 'settler' and explore the rich and diverse heritage of the making of South Africa.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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