Advanced program on African Cultures and Religion
Students refine their field research techniques and analytical skills, assisted by trained Kenyan University graduates who function as personal assistants in the field.
Student Learning Objectives:
Day One: Ancestors
Field Research Task for the day: Interview elders on their relationship with the living dead and ancestors
Day Two: Witch: The Problem of evil
Field Research Task for the day: Interview a Diviner on the source of evil and misfortunes
Day Three: Leadership in Contemporary political realities
Field Research Task for the day: Interview a political leader, e.g., a chief, councilor, governor, or member of parliament
Ayyitey, G. B. N. (1999). Africa in Chaos. New York: St. Martin's Griffin
Kirwen , M. C. (2008). African Cultural Domains: Life Cycle of an Individual: Nairobi: MIAS Books.
_____________ (2005). African Cultural Knowledge: Themes and Embedded Beliefs. Nairobi: MIAS Books
Magesa, Laurenti. (2004). Anatomy of Inculturation . Nairobi" Paulines Publications.
Rainer, S. D.B. (1990). Political Stability and development: A comparative analysis of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda. London: Lynne Rienner Publishers.
Other readings as assigned by the lecturer.