Child Soldiers - War, Society and Humanitarianism in Africa: Sources (HIH3208)

30 credits

This module analyses the changing experiences, identities and depictions of child soldiers in Africa, and shows why they fight (or are forced to fight). It highlights how child soldiers are both victims and perpetrators, and investigates their recruitment, training, combat experience, demobilization, and reintegration into society. The module will provide an inter-disciplinary analysis of a wide range of sources, including child soldier memoirs, NGO and humanitarian reports, legal trials, news media, film, novels, documentaries, and recently declassified colonial military records. The ‘Child Soldiers: War, Society and Humanitarianism in Africa: Context’ module is a co-requisite. Prior knowledge of Global/African history is useful, but not a requirement for the module.