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143016 VO Aspects of Women’s Lives in the African Diaspora in Austria (2021W)



Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


Language: English

Examination dates


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

All lectures are held via Moodle

Tuesday 05.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 12.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 19.10. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 09.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 16.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 23.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 30.11. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 07.12. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 14.12. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 11.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Tuesday 18.01. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

While Austria did not have direct colonial ties to the African continent, the African presence in Austrian history which was mainly facilitated by slavery and colonialism is traced back to the 16th Century. Since then, the number of Africans in Austria has grown to approximately 35,000. Historical and contemporary Black history in Austria remains an underexplored topic. This course begins with an introduction to the historical Afro-Austrian links toward an understanding of the interaction between some pioneering Africans with the Austrian society. The second part will focus on the contemporary lived experiences of women of the African diaspora in Austria and the intersection of migration and development, race, and gender. The course will also explore the role of the family of origin, identity, resilience, and acculturation strategies among other related aspects.

At the end of the course, the students will be to do the following:
1. Describe the historical link between Austria and Africa in the wider context of imperialist practices.
2. Critically discuss and analyse aspects of African women in Austria given Austria’s long immigration tradition and contemporary migration policies/trends

Teaching methods:
 Powerpoint presentations
 Brainstorming
 Class discussions
 Individual/group presentations

The course reading materials will comprise scholarly works, case studies, media reports, recorded interviews, videos)

This course will be taught entirely via e-learning tools (Moodle). Any changes will be communicated.

Assessment and permitted materials

100% Final essay

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

English language competence is required for this course.

LENGTH: Between 2000-3000 words
DEADLINE: Tuesday 25.01.2022
FORMAT OF SUBMISSION: All term papers should be submitted electronically via Moodle to the instructor in PDF format.

Evaluation criteria :
1: 89-100
2: 76-88
3: 63-75
4: 51-62
5: 0–50

Examination topics

The final essay will be based on original and critical reflections, insights, or case study analyses on any topic relevant to African women in Austria.

Reading list

A reading list will be provided in class.

Association in the course directory

EC 148-KOPO, EC 647-ASL

Last modified: Fr 12.05.2023 00:17