This course explores Africans and African development opportunities and challenges to thriving modern African economies. Potential course topics include: approaches to unlearning misconceptions about the continent and its people that are perpetuated in the mass media; ways to better understand African peoples and cultural underpinnings; the often overlooked contributions of Africa and Africans to the development of other countries of the world; the challenges and promise of Africa's transition from largely rural agricultural and pastoral societies to a majority urban-based, business-oriented, entrepreneurial and cell-phone wielding populous; and theories of development and effective aid (including Africans' self-help initiatives and investments back home from overseas and the importance of programs that target women and girls for assistance). This course is intended for upper-level students from a wide range of disciplines interested in Africa and international development. This course is writing intensive. Open to students in the third or fourth year of study. Counts toward African and African-American Studies, Geography, and Poverty and Social Justice minors.


4 sh

Course Types

Core Interdisciplinary Seminar; Poverty and Social Justice Elective; African and African-American Studies Elective; IGS: Africa Regional Concentration; International Business Regional Area Course

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