Course Description

Course Name

African Traditional Religion

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

24 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

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.

Taught In English

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


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 content subject to change