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This course takes an in-depth look at the African continent from African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 the United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030-related perspectives and interweaves sustainable approaches from multiple disciplines.
A flipped classroom guided self-study (1 ECs) in the first week introduces and increases an understanding of the AU and UN agendas. In the following six weeks, three modules will be presented by the participating faculties and institutions through interactive seminars and presentations that stimulate collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Module I: Economies - EUR (3 ECs) explores African socio-economic realities and partnering opportunities in context of SDGs 8 – 10, 12 & 17;
Module II: Resources & Infrastructure - TUD (3 ECs) explores available resources and infrastructure in Africa in context of SDGs 6-7, 11, & 13 -15;
Module III: Social Dynamics - LU (3 ECs) explores African socio-developmental realities in context of SDGs 1 -5 & 16.
The course concludes with an integration discussion and a one-day conference during which students present their group reports on regional challenges & opportunities.
Upon successful completion of Exploring Africa, students will have:
- Acquired a foundational understanding of:
The relevance of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs;
Socio-economic state of affairs and novel paradigms in African context;
The engagements between human and material agents in African settings;
Current socio-developmental challenges and opportunities in Africa;
Shared responsibility and the interlinkages between disciplines.
- Developed skills and competencies to:
Integrate approaches that address the SDGs in a multidisciplinary way;
Distinguish innovative business approaches to address ‘wicked’ challenges;
Consider the role artefacts play in the relationship between humans and their world;
Identify social dynamics that promote and complexities that hamper sustainable development;
Academically discuss cross-cutting issues that impact African realities.
Week 40: Flipped classroom guided self-study
Week 41-42: EUR African Economies
Week 43-44: TUD African Resources & Infrastructure
Week 45-46: LEI African Social Dynamics
Week 47: Integration & Conference
Modes of instruction
Online and classroom lectures & seminars
10 EC x 28 hours= 280 hours
Lecture contact hours: 69 hours
Self-study: 123 hours
Preparation tutorials & flipped online: 22 hours
Group assignment: 32 hours
Individual essay: 24 hours
Conference: 10 hours
Assessment method and weights
Online AU and UN agendas discussions & quiz: Pass
Module projects: 60%
Group assignment: 20%
Individual essay: 20%
Resit, inspection and feedback
Same subtest as the first, within given timeframe.
Leiden University Brightspace platform will be used for:
Prescribed reading available in the syllabus (Strive to mostly use library and open source online publications).
Minor Coordinator: Madi Ditmars firstname.lastname@example.org
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