International Encounters - Understanding Africa

- für Dual-Studierende (des Fb3) nicht geeignet -
- für Online-Studierende geeignet -

Interdisciplinary Learning Outcome

With this teaching project we want students to get Basic knowledge on African- culture, economy, politics, literature etc. through Project Planning, implementation and final evaluation. Students will use Narrative Interviewing and then conceptualize their Interview/text and present their findings at a final seminar.



  • First session: 11.11.2020, 2.15 pm
  • presentation: 10.02.2021
  • turning in of final written report: 10.02.2021
  • taking back of registration for exam possible until: 10.11.2020

Important information

expected number of participants
didactic form
teamwork in interdisciplinary teams; blended Learning; lectures and discussions
Coordination of module
Dr. Sebhatleab Tewolde Kelati
English and German



  1. First students are given theoretical input about different thematic topics on Africa by specialist input providers.
  2. Second students are given class group assignment followed by discussions
  3. Then they take home group assignment on same thematic topic and write a report and submit it on line to the input provider.
  4. Finally Groups choose from their findings of their home group assignment and present it at a final seminar

The objective is to find a conversation partner, to talk (interview) narratively about their ideas on Africa and contextualize and present their interview. The (transcribed) interviews will be evaluated under thematic criteria such as:

Culture: - Society, Family & Private Life, Philosophy, Religion, Language & Literature etc.,

Institutions: - Politics and Governance, Democracy, Human Rights, Law etc.,

Economic order: - Economics, Business, Technology etc.,

Natural Resources: - Land, Water, Energy etc.

The main questions that will be answered as a result of the Narrative Interviews will be:

  • What statements do non-African interviewees make about these thematic issues?
  • What statements do African interviewees say about these thematic issues?
  • What difference is there between the statements of non-African and African interviewees and why?

Lectures, Texts and references: Texts used as references are both in German and English but lecture are in English.

Interviews: The interviews can be conducted in any Language but have to be translated into English.

Transcript of the interview: Transcript of the interview is to be submitted in English. Literature
For the seminar, list of literature for readers is will be available.

    The Learning Process

    Day One- Introduction

    Day Two –Instructors - Lecture Input Training and discussion on Narrative interviewing

    Day Three Instructors -Lecture Input Training and discussion on Contextualization

    Day Four, Five & Six - Instructors give input and discussion from the transcribed Narrative Interviews (Instructors read the transcribed Narrative interviews) then

    • In three lecture days Instructors present their theoretical input based on the written Narrative Interview transcription of students.
    • After each input presentation, groups find from their transcribed interviews a sample of quotation related to each input presentation  
    • Students analyze an issue (sample of quotation) of their choice in view of the theoretical input by the instructors and present it to class indicating the impression or image of Africa they get from their quotation?

    Day Seven Exam -

    • Based on quotation from the chosen interview on the image of Africa,
      • Students find literatures that deal with similar topic as their quotation
      • In view of their sources Students contextualize and interpret their quotation or expand it and present it in class. They start with quotation and relate it to sources used to develop the argument further
    • Students can use PPT, Charts etc. for their presentation
    • Dr. Sebhatleab Tewolde Kelati (Finanzmanager, Koordinator, IMIK)
    • Mr. Yousuf Abid
    • Prof Dr. Timo Tohidipur (Fb 4)
    • Prof Dr. Dagmar Oberlies (Fb 4)
    • Prof. Oppong, Dean, International Program Office (IPO) at KNUST, Kumasi, Ghana
    • Record and transcribe narrative interview (present to Instructors halfway in the semester)
    • Contextualize the Narrative Interview and submit it to Instructors
    • Oral presentation of the contextualized Narrative Interview at end of semester and
    • Finally evaluation of results.


    Students broaden their specialized line of thinking (theories and methods) through insights into professional knowledge and paradigms of other disciplines.

    The students are capable of

    • interdisciplinary thinking, and recognizing the different aspects of a cross-sectional task, weighing these aspects and reflecting on them holistically;
    • comprehending the relations within their future professional fields with regard to different disciplines as well as societal aspects;
    • describing these relations professionally as well as representing them argumentatively in debate;
    • reflecting the impacts and effects of their professional and societal actions and drawing conclusions from these for their own conduct;
    • developing an understanding for how other disciplines think through interdisciplinary tasks, and acting cooperatively with regard to other cultures and value systems;

    The module deals with ideas of International issues and specifically on – the African image and facts. In the process students will answer the following questions:

    • What do we ‘understand’ about Africa?
    • What do non-Africans in 'the West' understand as 'Africa'?
    • What do Africans in 'the West' understand as 'Africa'?
    • What distinguishes Africa and African Societies from others?
    1. Narrative interviewing
      • Boyce C.  & Neale P. (2006), Conducting in-depth interviews:- A Guide for Designing and Conducting In-depth Interviews for Evaluation Input, Pathfinder International Tool Series
    2. Content Analysis
      • Krippendorff K. (2019), Content Analysis: An Introduction to Its Methodology, Second Edition, Sage Publications, Inc.
    3. Economics
      • Anievas A. & Nizancioglu K. (2015), How the West Came to Rule: The Geopolitical Origins of Capitalism, Pluto Press
    4. Culture –Institutions, Law, Society, Family, Private life etc.
      • James G. Carrier (2003), Occidentalism Images of the West

    E-Learning / Blended Learning

    Zugang über die Moodle-Plattform  der Frankfurt UAS

    Technische Voraussetzungen

    Zugang zu einem Rechner und Zugang zum Internet. PC-Arbeitsplätze sind an der Frankfurt UAS vorhanden.

    Dr. Sabrina EngelmannID: 4734
    letzte Änderung: 24.09.2020