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Collaboration Africa


Admission requirements

Admission to the Minor. See Application and Contact.


This subject builds on knowledge accumulated in the first two courses. The objective is to gain insight into real-life scenarios, develop critical, transdisciplinary and innovative sustainable approaches and establish future partnership networks.

The online environment is an integral tool employed in this course to facilitate virtual exchange and intercultural dialogue. A Small Private Online Course (SPOC) enables students to partner with peers from African-based higher institutions, whilst critically exploring transdisciplinary and innovative sustainable approaches. Interwoven in the SPOC are hybrid webinars with stakeholders and practitioners who inform EU-Dutch-African relations.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will have:

  1. Knowledge & understanding of:
  • Various role-players that advance the achievement of the SDGs;

  • The significance of numerous approaches and strategies in sustainable interventions;

  • Strategies, policies and partnerships that support NL-African collaboration;

  • Current growth and development realities on the African continent.

  1. Skills & competencies to:
  • Source information online and learn independently;

  • Observe and evaluate the realities of themes introduced in the minor;

  • Build African focused strategic alliance and partnership networks;

  • Connect with African academics to strengthen their international networks.


Week 47: Opening
Week 48- 49: Systems Thinking (LEI: ASC)
Week 50- 51: Partnership (EUR: RSM)
Week 1- 2: Participation (UoN: IDS)
Week 3-4: Adaptation (TUD: CEG)
Week 5: Closure

Modes of instruction

Online learning & global collaboration
In class, site visits and hybrid sessions with guest speakers

Course load

15 EC x 28 hours= 420 hours

  • Online SPOC: 312 hours

  • Building Networks: 28 hours

  • Integrated Assignments: 80 hours

Assessment method and weights

Network appraisals & blog: 40%
SPOC Group Assignment: 40%
Online PoE: 20%

Resit, inspection and feedback

Same subtest as the first (where possible), within given timeframe.


Leiden University Brightspace platform will be used for:

  • Announcements

  • Timetable

  • Course information

  • Online LMS

  • Submitting assignments

  • Grades

  • Calendar

Reading list

Prescribed reading available in the syllabus (Strive to use only open source online publications).


See Application and Contact.

Enrolment through MyStudymap is mandatory.

Registration à la carte and contract education
This course is part of the African Dynamics LDE Minor and can only be taken within the framework of participation in the minor.


Minor Coordinator: Madi Ditmars

Back to African Dynamics homepage.


Not applicable.