Hip Hop in Africa Online Course

The Hip Hop in Africa online course was created by Dr. Msia Clark at the Center for African Studies at Howard University as a resource for educators.

The course is available on Udemy.

The Hip Hop in Africa online course is designed to introduce students to contemporary African culture, using the lens of hip hop. Hip hop is a major cultural force throughout urban Africa, and the music is a great tool for understanding the social issues and cultural environments impacting African youth today. Through hip hop culture, African artists provide rich and diverse narratives of contemporary Africa. This course is designed to accommodate various levels of familiarity with Africa and provides access to content at various levels of difficulty.

This online course, Hip Hop in Africa, is a self-paced online course in which participants will be able to access all of the course materials at once upon signing up for the course. While participants are advised to complete module one first, they will be able to access and complete the modules according to their specific interests and needs. Each module contains links to important readings, websites, and audio/visual material that will be helpful for educators, as well as material that will provide information for the students on the respective topic. These readings, assigned videos, and lectures can be read and watched at your own pace.

Each module will also offer suggested lesson plans for educators to incorporate the topics in their classroom.

Who this course is for:

  • Educators
  • Artists
  • African Studies students
  • Students of hip hop

What you'll learn:

  • Understand how hip hop culture is being used as both a tool of change & social critique.
  • Use hip hop to help students understand major issues hip hop culture & artists address in Africa.
  • Help students draw the connections between their own experiences and those of youth in Africa.
  • Provide a lens for teaching about contemporary Africa.