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Course Exam

140015 VO Race, Gender and Sexuality in African Literature (2017W)


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



Examination topics

gendered imagination of imperial adventure novels; marginalization of femininity by both colonial and African nationalist discourses; feminist rewritings of African nationalism; dissident desire across race; sexualized perception of mixed-raced identities; African sexuality and marriage traditions in colonial context; the meanings of same-sex sexuality across Africa; sexualization and commodification of the African female body; sexual violence against women legitimized by tradition and nationalism; white and Albino African identities

Assessment and permitted materials

Exam or argumentative essay
Exam will contain YES/NO, multiple choice and open questions
Essay should be 3500-4000 words. Topics will be given to choose from.
4 dates will be fixed for exam or essay submission

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The mark breakdown is as follows:

Excellent (1) 90-100 %
Good (2) 80-89 %
Satisfactory enough (3) 65-79 %
Unsatisfactory (4) 50-64 %
Fail ( 5) 49 -0 %

Assessment criteria for written work:

-Conditions (timely delivery, correct extent, presentable shape, presence of all components of a written work): Here no points can be awarded, but might be deducted!

-Contents (in particular the soundness of the argument, supported with evidence from primary and secondary sources; the ability to read text closely and interpret both form and content; the ability to identify, analyse and understand the context and make connections; the ability to reflect critically on the relations between primary texts and relevant secondary texts, instead of just citing secondary texts as a source of authority and interpretation; clear formulation, structure and organization of the argument; detection of the central points; correctness of methodology; originality; creativity; scope or relevance of the secondary literature used and their methodologically consistent incorporation): Here about 60% of the points will be awarded.

-Format (esp. layout and clarity of presentation; formatting; citation practice; consistency and care): Here about 20% of the points will be awarded.

-Language (particularly scholarly terminology and correct use of technical terms; clear and understandable language; correct spelling, grammar, and composition; care about style): Here about 20% of the points will be awarded.

In all three areas at least 50% of the points must be achieved in order to obtain credit.

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