Socio-economic analysis of Africa

ldvlp2625  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Socio-economic analysis of Africa
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
5 credits
30.0 h
Q1
Teacher(s)
Language
French
Main themes
Following topics will be analyzed : - Africa in the world geopolitics - Dependency's mechanisms - Africa and the sleeping partners - The African debt - From structural adjustment to political adjustment - Enterprises and African entrepreneurship - Informal sector - Urban and rural Africa
Aims

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Analyze the main socio-economical pressures for Africa South of the Sahara and as a matter of fact in actual, recent and past history
 
Content
The course will address some key contemporary socioeconomic issues related to Sub-Saharan African countries such as public debt, food sovereignty, land gabbing, informal economy, family features and dynamics, rural challenges, urban dynamics, …
Two principal objectives will be put forward: (1) developing critical questioning capacity and (2) enhancing critical investigation capacity, both in the field of social dynamics and economy in Africa. The challenge pursued is to help students elaborate their own points of view and arguments with regards to situations prevailing in contemporary Africa.
Measures taken to prevent or combat the covid-19 pandemic could involve the implementation of other modalities, procedures, methods,  approaches, or contents.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Participatory and active methods will be prioritized from the beginning. Practical student experiences will be particularly valued. Professional and first line witnesses will be invited to share their own lived-through experiences closely related to matters treated during the course (field actors, researchers, activists, …). Measures taken to prevent or combat the covid-19 pandemic could involve the implementation of other modalities, procedures, methods or approaches.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

Written examination.  Reflection questions in close connection with subject matters that have been deepened during the seminar.
It is important to note that, due to the pandemic, other modalities, méthods or procédures could be implemented.
Other information
It is  advisable to have a basic knowledge on Subsaharan African contexts but it is not a definite prerequisite.
Faculty or entity


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