Admission to the Minor. See Application and Contact.
This course takes an in-depth look at the African continent from different perspectives, interweaving sustainable multiple disciplinary approaches. The main objective is to gain a basic understanding of African realities in context of the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063 and the United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030.
A flipped classroom in the first week introduces the steering agendas. In the following weeks, three modules are presented through interactive seminars that stimulate collaboration and knowledge sharing.
Module I: African Economies - offered by EUR Rotterdam School of Management explores African socio-economic realities
Module II: Resources & Infrastructure - offered by TU Delft Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, explores resources and infrastructure realities in Africa
Module III: Social Dynamics - offered by the African Studies Centre Leiden University, explores African socio-developmental states
The course concludes with a one-day conference during which students present their group reports..
Upon successful completion of Exploring Africa, students will have:
- Knowledge & full understanding of:
The relevance of the AU and UN development agendas in Africa;
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.
- Skills & competencies to:
Integrate approaches that address sustainable development 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 39: Flipped classroom guided self-study
Week 40-41: EUR African Economies
Week 42-43: TUD African Resources & Infrastructure
Week 44-45: LEI African Social Dynamics
Week 46: Integration & Conference
Modes of instruction
Online and classroom lectures & seminars
10 EC x 28 hours= 280 hours
Flipped classroom: 38 hours
Lecture contact hours: 162 hours
Integrated Assignments: 80 hours
Assessment method and weights
Online AU and UN agendas discussion &quiz: 10%
Group assignment: 50%
Individual essay: 40%
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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