Course Description

Course Name

Roots of Black Identity

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

36 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

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

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


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 content subject to change