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Exploring Africa


Admission requirements

Admission to the Minor. See Application and Contact.


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.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of Exploring Africa, students will have:

  1. 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.

  1. 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

Guided self-study
Online and classroom lectures & seminars

Course load

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:

  • Announcements

  • Timetable

  • Course information

  • Documents

  • Discussions

  • Submitting assignments

  • Grades

  • Calendar

Reading list

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


See Application and Contact.

Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.


Minor Coordinator: Madi Ditmars

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