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African Religious Traditions Sciences & the Environment Program Fall 2022 Semester - Cape Town

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African Religious Traditions

African Religious Traditions Course Overview


CEA Partner Institution: University of Cape Town
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Primary Subject Area: Religious Studies
Instruction in: English
Course Code: REL2053S
Course Details: Level 200
Recommended Semester Credits: 5
Prerequisites: 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.


Africa is religiously pluralistic, having three major religious traditions. These are African indigenous religions, Christianity and Islam. Each of these is internally diverse and multifaceted, creating a mosaic of religious cultures, rituals, communities, ethics and worldviews. This course intends to investigate the histories, rituals and discourses of the traditions where they interact, differ and display common elements.

DP requirements: Mandatory 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%. Final exam and 20% of coursework will be sent to external examiners.

The University of Cape Town awards credits based on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) to determine course and contact hour recommendations per course. 1 NQF credit represents roughly 10 notional hours of work which includes study time, assignments and examinations. Notional hours may very per courses depending on the course level and modality therefore, CEA recommends using NQF credits as a basis to determine U.S. equivalencies (1 NQF=.222 semester credits)

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