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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 subjects. The goal is to strengthen African partnerships network, and develop sustainable project planning skills. The online learning environment forms an integral part of this course, which consists out of three modules.

Module I: A Small Private Online Course (SPOC): A Critical Engagement with Advancing the SDGs (6 ECs) aims to develop critical, transdisciplinary and innovative approaches to sustainable development. It is offered as a global classroom with invited guest students from African-based higher institutions.

Module II: Building Networks (4 ECs) aims to enables students to continue building their own network through participating in a series of webinars and excursion with key stakeholder and partners which inform EU-Dutch-African relations.

Module III: A three week Africa field study (5 ECs) is the integrative focal point of this minor to experience what students have learnt in a real-life situation. If travel is allowed by Leiden university, students can choose between participating in a structured visit to Kenya, Morocco, or South Africa. This module is self-funded, and students who cannot or do not want to partake in the field study abroad, can complete this module in the Netherlands.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will have:

  1. Acquired a foundational understanding of:
  • Strategies, policies and partnerships that support NL-African collaboration;

  • Various role-players that advance the achievement of the Agenda 2063 and the SDGs;

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

  • Current growth and development realities on the African continent.

  1. Developed skills and competencies to:
  • Build African focused strategic alliance and partnership networks;

  • Source information online and learn independently;

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

  • Connect with academics and African students to develop international networks.


Week 48 - 51: SPOC A Critical Engagement with Advancing the SDGs
Week 48 - 52: Webinars & Excursions
Week 2 - 5: Field Study

Modes of instruction

Group discussions
Online facilitation & moderation
Online learning & global collaboration
Online game
Webinars with guest speakers
Briefings during excursions
Field study tour

Course load

15 EC x 28 hours= 420 hours

  • Lecture contact hours: 16 hours

  • Online course: 148 hours

  • Field study: 160 hours

  • Webinars & excursions: 96 hours

Assessment method and weights

SPOC participation& MCQs: 20%
Network appraisals: 10%
Adaption Management Plan: 30%
Field study podcast: 20%
Field study report: 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 uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.


Minor Coordinator: Madi Ditmars

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