This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies.
This course will equip the students with a broad general understanding of African economics, as well as provide a more in-depth understanding of pertinent dynamics of contemporary African economics. In the first block, the course will provide a general overview of African economic history and economic structures. In the second block, themes in contemporary African economic dynamics will be identified and analysed in-depth, such as ICTs (mobile phones, internet, social media and remittances), informality, Africa and the world (Development cooperation, BRICS), Urbanisation, Business and Trade.
The course aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of current economic dynamics in Africa, as well as the academic and policy debates that correspond with such dynamics. As perhaps no continent is more systematically stigmatised, the course aims to inspire students to create new and independent interpretations of African economic dynamics, moving beyond mainstream dogmas associated with African economic development. The course will highlight the main actors involved in the current economic dynamics of Africa including entrepreneurs, new technology, trading partners, donors and foreign direct investment. Students should emerge from the course with a clear understanding of African economics in a global and regional perspective. Students will also develop relevant generic skills such as presentation, debating and essay writing.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website
Mode of instruction
Lecture and tutorials
Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. If you are not able to attend a lecture or tutorial, please inform the tutor of the course. Being absent without notification can result in a lower grade or exclusion from the final exam or essay.
Total course load for the course 5 EC x 28 hours is 140 hours, broken down by
12 lectures: 24 hours
4 tutorials: 8 hours
Reading & self-study: 72 hours
Research & paper writing: 36 hours
Midterm Exam 30%
Final Exam 40%
Ernest Aryeetey, Shantayanan Devarajan, Ravi Kanbur and Louis Kasekende (eds.), The Oxford Companion to the Economics of Africa, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-19-870543-7 or Paperback – 978-0-19-870543-7
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Dr. S. Bellucci, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For tutorials Economics Africa: