Introduction to African Cultures and Religion
In the afternoons students do field research, directed by the lecturer of the day and facilitated by MIASMU trained field assistants. The field assistants work with students on a one-to-one basis.
In the late afternoon, there is a debriefing session on the field work. After supper, the students write a two-page paper on what had been observed and understood on the topic of the day, and read assigned materials.
At the end of the three day period, students consolidate their papers in the form of a six-page essay with an introduction, conclusion and bibliography. The students are graded on the essay and class participation.
Day One: African Cultures in a Contemporary Mode
Field Research Task for the day: Visiting Diviners/herbalist and/or Western dispensaries
Day Two: African Traditional Religion: Contemporary Beliefs and Practices
Field Research Task for the day: Visiting Independent and/or mainline churches and interviewing their leaders
* Day Three: The Political and Economic Situation in Kenya (Note another topic can be selected for the third day that corresponds to the interest of the students)
Field Research Task for the day: Visiting development projects and/or interviewing a member of the government
* The lecture of the third day is tailor made to suit the group that is taking the three-day course. For instance if it is a group that intends to work in the health sector, then on this day they have a lecture on Health and healing in Africa today instead of the political and economic situation in Kenya.
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