Africa & the 21st Century: Resources, Governance, Stability and Growth

Code Cours
2021-FGES-GEOP-EN-T001
Language of instruction
French, English
This course occurs in the following program(s)
Training officer(s)
Paul Scott

Présentation

Prerequisite

None

Goal

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.

Presentation

Meeting 1

Can Africa become Asia? Or, will the 21st century be the era of Africa?

Conflict map

https://www.acleddata.com/dashboard/

https://www.nytimes.com/1997/05/25/weekinreview/why-africa-can-thrive-like-asia.html

Meeting 2

Africa 50 years from now

https://au.int/sites/default/files/pages/3657-file-agenda2063_popular_version_en.pdf

Meeting 3 - Oral Presentation Topics Decided

Resource rich Africa

Mapping the continent

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2016/10/mapping-africa-natural-resources-161020075811145.html

Blood diamonds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbT_b0obeg8

Meeting 4

Why is Africa poor?

https://www.africanexponent.com/post/billions-lost-in-profits-by-foreign-companies-tax-evasion-1953

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/05/africa-poor-stealing-wealth-170524063731884.html

Poverty - Zambia

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNYemuiAOfU

Meeting 5

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

Meeting 6

Aide-Development

Dependency Theory, recolonization

Dead Aid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Q2aznfmcYU&t=134s

Meeting 7

Genocide Watch

Rwanda A Preventable Genocide

Video: Shake Hands With Devil; Orbinski, Triage

Meetings 8 & 9 : Oral presentations

Modalités

Forms of instruction

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNYemuiAOfU

-Brookings Report: Foresight Africa

-Report on any of the six topics :

https://www.brookings.edu/multi-chapter-report/foresight-africa-top-priorities-for-the-continent-in-2018/?gclid=CjwKCAjwkMbaBRBAEiwAlH5v_oH-SBt1oPvHjCdeu29HE2qC-tCTmUbT14ZI5_DPgq_qGSGo-wvd4xoCpawQAvD_BwE

-Blood Resources- The Kimberley Process

-Dead Aide. http://cms.medcol.mw/cms_uploaded_resources/4685_4.pdf

-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

-South Sudan

-Tunisia after the Arab Spring

-Africa and ICT development https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKgwdA3HqKw

Evaluation
Contrôle continu : coeff. 1

Ressources

Bibliography

See above