MARY AFST 510: African
The course is a systematic presentation of African Cultural Heritage. It
is a required course for Master degree and Diploma programs and is
offered in both the semester and immersion programs.
This course gives an overview of the African traditional cultures by
studying some of the significant aspects of these cultures. Some of the
aspects studied are: social groupings, supernatural beliefs, religious
systems, communication systems, political systems, economic systems,
education systems, health systems and rites of passage. Special attention
is given to the traditional features of these aspects, though the
contemporary changes affecting them are also mentioned. Special
attention is also given to the challenges these cultures pose to Christians in Africa.
The purpose of the course is to help the students understand African
Traditional Cultures. Such an understanding would help the student to
understand African people better; live and work with African people more
effectively and even make the student appreciate more the African ways
of life. This would also assist the students, both African and
non-African, notice the changes taking place in Africa and enable them
to be effective in their ministries to the African people.