This course has three modules (I) Building Networks through four webinars followed-up with educational excursions (II) A Critical Engagement with Advancing the SDGs is a Small Private Online Course (SPOC) that is set up as a global classroom, which brings students together with a group of students from African universities in an interactive learning platform, and (III) a three week interdisciplinary field study tour that offers students an opportunity to experience what they have learnt in a real-life situation.
The programme consists out of informative excursions, guest speakers and structured opportunities to converse with local people. Depending on student preferences and the availability of venues, a choice between three locations will be made, namely (i) Tamale-area, Northern Ghana (ii) Rabat-area, Morocco (iii) and Cape Town-area, South Africa. There is also an option for students who can or do not want to travel abroad, to visit NGOs in The Netherlands that operate in Africa.
Students are required to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. The African Studies Centre Leiden will negotiate group packages at reasonable rates, and assist students to apply for subsidies if required.
Strengthen African partnerships, network with policy makers, practitioners and stakeholders, and develop sustainable project planning skills.
Objective: To gain foundational understanding of the policies, stakeholder and partnership frameworks that inform EU-Dutch-African relations, develop critical, transdisciplinary and innovative approaches to sustainable development and experience working and conducting research in Africa.
Learning Outcomes: Students will be able to:
1) identify strategies, policies and agreements that support EU/NL/African collaboration
2) build African focused strategic alliance and partnership networks to strengthen collaboration
3) evaluate the significance of a systemic approach in sustainable interventions
4) assess the possibilities that partnerships offer in sustainable project initiatives
5) analyse the complexities of stakeholder participation in sustainable development
6) clarify how adaptation planning can be incorporated in planning sustainable projects
7) observe themes introduced in the course
8) connect with local communities and develop international networks
Mode of instruction
Field study tour
Further modes of instruction
15 EC x 28 hours= 420 hours
Lectures: 10 hours
Practical work: Educational Excursions: 32 hours
Preparation tutorials: Webinars: 16 hours
Study of compulsory literature: 80 hours
Assignment(s): 56 hours
Tutorials: Online Collaboration: 126 hours
Other components: Field Study 100 hours
Assessment method and weights
Online participation and collaboration (20%)
SPOC Assignment (40%)
Field study report (40%)
Same subtest as the first, within given timeframe.
Inspection and feedback
How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.
Blackboard will be used for:
*Assignments submission of papers
Booklists to follow (Strive to only use library and online publications).
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