African Traditional Religion

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    African Traditional Religion

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Completion of REL1002F or REL1006S; or completion of any cognate first-year course in the Humanities Faculty;
    or by permission of the Head of Department.

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    This course explores the religious heritage and history of Africa through specific case studies in African traditional religion. Special attention is given to continuities and changes in the indigenous religions of Africa through studies in religious beliefs, ritual practices, ways of knowing, techniques of healing, and the social formations of the household, polity and religious specialists.
    Lecture times:

    DP requirements: 80% attendance at lectures and tutorials in all sections of the course. Submission
    of all work by due dates, and attainment of an average mark of at least 50% for all assignments.

    Assessment: Coursework counts 70%; one two-hour examination counts 30%.

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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