AFRI 3100/5100: African Studies Abroad

The study abroad course enables students to study a selected topic in African Studies with a Carleton professor in an African country (or countries) in which the professor carries out research. The students also learn from experts on the topic in the African country (or countries).  The course is offered at both the undergraduate (AFRI 3100) and graduate (AFRI 5100) levels.

Kenya MapSummer 2018: Social Media and the Public Sphere in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya

This course will explore the rise and explosion of social media and its intersections with culture, politics, economics, governance, social issues and youth culture in Africa. Africa is often described as the continent with the most expansive youth demographic – with more than half her population under the age of thirty. This youth demographic has transformed Africa, literally and metaphorically, into what has been called the cradle of the social media revolution. However, because of the heavy reliance on social media mobilization by the social and political movements that have rocked the continent in the last decade, social media as a tool, space and site of meaning in Africa has largely been reduced to questions of political radicalism and mobilization. This seminar will move beyond this limitation by exploring the role of social media in creating new spaces of meaning and culture in Africa. We shall explore social media and the economic revolution in Africa in terms of the emergence of a new demographic of innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs. The course will entail field trips to innovation hubs in Nairobi and also interact with social media influencers in Kenya. Spaces are limited, we will accept applications and reserve spaces in order as received. The course is offered by the Institute of African Studies (IAS), in concert with the United States International University of Nairobi.

Second Information session:

Date:    January 9th 2018

Time:    11 am

Venue:  433 Paterson Hall


Deadline to Apply: To be announced at 2nd info session.

Course Dates:

  • Course starts Monday, May 7, 2018
  • Course ends Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Visits to innovation hubs, labs, and other social media points  of interest in Nairobi.
  • Optional safari tour.

Academic Requirements:

  • Undergraduate students with third or fourth year standing by the beginning of
    the Summer 2018 term are eligible to apply.
  • Graduate students are also welcome; they register under AFRI 5100.

Financial Considerations:

Costs: IAS will cover accommodation and local travel in Kenya. Students are responsible for tuition, international travel, meals, visas, vaccinations, and all  incidental costs, including the optional safari tour.


FUTURE COURSES (Tentative list)

  • 2019, “TBA”.


The Institute of African Studies would like to express its deep appreciation to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Carleton University, to all its financial and other support for this course over the years.