Our course meets only nine times. Full attendance is very important.
Africa and the 21st Century will explore the dynamics and possibilities of a region encompassing almost 1.3 billion people in 54 nations. The median age of the continent is 19.4. Predicting what the state of Africa will be more than 80 years from now is an impossible task. What we will do is to explore various trajectories, paths, challenges and opportunities.
Can Africa become Asia? Or, will the 21st century be the era of Africa?
Africa 50 years from now
Meeting 3 - Oral Presentation Topics Decided
Resource rich Africa
Mapping the continent
Why is Africa poor?
Poverty - Zambia
Downside factors: Governance and Corruption
Scott- Good Governance (handout)
Transparency International https://www.transparency.org/news/feature/corruption_perceptions_index_2017?gclid=CjwKCAjwwo7cBRBwEiwAMEoXPHLNoykBUVTHNW1T6EOYFIt47t9ULzzQcCfoxIGtuQc4gjulF3PDUhoC-eAQAvD_BwE
China and Africa
Dependency Theory, recolonization
Rwanda A Preventable Genocide
Video: Shake Hands With Devil; Orbinski, Triage
Meetings 8 & 9 : Oral presentations
Africa and the 21st Century is a lecture and discussion course. The course is also inter-disciplinary encompassing politics, economics, history, culture. Each week we will explore a relevant topic. All readings will be embedded and available on-line.
All students will be required to present either an oral presentation or a final written paper.
I recommend that for oral presentations students organize themselves into working groups no larger than 3.
Possible topics for presentations:
It is recommended that you form into working groups no larger than three people. Topics like dead aide, China and Africa or banking/credit are all great topics.
-Poverty: A case study - Zambia
-Brookings Report: Foresight Africa
-Report on any of the six topics :
-Blood Resources- The Kimberley Process
-Case study country development. This can be comparative.
-SADC - Explain their role.
-Ethnic conflict - a case study. Nigeria, Rwanda
-Chinese Trade and Investment in Africa - one belt, one road
-Tunisia after the Arab Spring
-Africa and ICT development https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKgwdA3HqKw