Contemporary Sociology in Africa


Through its analytical perspectives, social theories, and research methods, sociology expands the awareness and analysis of human social relationships, cultures, and institutions that shape our world. However, the Sociology of Africa looks beyond those normative, taken-for-granted views of reality to provide more meaningful understandings of social life on the continent. This course itself provides a framework for understanding what African centred sociology is and how we can use its lens to (re)conceptualise the social world of African people.

Students will be encouraged to think critically about society, culture, and the production of knowledge by classical figures such as Kant and Foucault, then learn to challenge these foundational theories from a decolonial perspective.

In Contemporary Sociology: African Perspectives, students will learn to examine social relations and structures of power in their local and global manifestations. Ranging from environmental conflict and climate change to the impact of racialisation and racism.

Students will be provided with theoretical and practical tools for understanding the political, social, and ecological challenges confronting Africa and her diaspora. You will explore the classical and contemporary perspectives on social change and social inequality, nationalism and globalisation, and modernity and post-modernity. It aims to develop students’ theoretical and conceptual skills, as well as their ability to engage with empirical data and research in a critical and Afrocentric perspective.


Dr Daniel Mulugeta

Dr Mwenda Ntarangwi

Dr Daniel Mulugeta

Dr. Munyaradzi Mushonga

Dr Daniel Mulugeta

Dr Baba Buntu

Dr Daniel Mulugeta

Dr Ikechi Agbugba

Dr Daniel Mulugeta

Dr Daniel Mulugeta

Contemporary Sociology in Africa is delivered with a mix of learning approaches that are designed to challenge students to self-reflect and construct solutions to real-life scenarios.

Aside from mandatory live lectures each week, students will be expected to participate in online discussions and peer learning. The course combines live case study, group work, and discussion where you will be expected to apply the learning and guidance from your tutor.

Lectures and tutorials will be delivered via our online campus, along with a mix of learning methods including audio-visual materials, practical exercises, group discussions and guided reading.

Assessment will be made via a combination of a course assignment, peer engagement quizzes, and tests.

Tuition for the course is £1305

Students can pay upfront or choose to pay in 3 instalments

The School of Pan African Thought Ltd is a member of the CPD Certification Service.

This course will be submitted for accreditation and certification with the United Kingdom CPD Certification Service and is therefore recognised as applicable to individuals who are members of, or are associated with, UK-based professional bodies.

A qualification in Sociology provides you with the knowledge and understanding of Africa’s complex social and cultural landscape whilst recognising how this diversity extends to the diaspora. It is an opportunity for students to challenge cultural assumptions about Africa that are inherent in western anthropological and sociological cannon. This cultural awareness, on what is the frontier market of the globe, as well as the analytical and problem solving skills are valuable to employers

Students will develop the skills through the course to build and maintain meaningful partnerships with international development organisations that are based in the continent and Pan African organisations in the diaspora and in Africa.

Our tutors and professors are leading in their fields of research and have been published in:

Journal of Pan African Studies
Western Journal of Black Studies
Journal of the International Society of Teacher Education
Critical Sociology and Race, Gender & Class
The Conversation

Our students can use this qualification to enhance their career in the following field of work:

● Local and central government
● Social and market research
● Charitable and voluntary organisations
● Public relations, journalism and communications
● Media and marketing
● Law criminal justice system.
● Teaching and education
● Public policy research
● Data analysts

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