Socio-economic analysis of Africa

ldvlp2625  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Socio-economic analysis of Africa
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
30.0 h
De Leener Philippe;
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

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

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
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.
Teaching methods
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, …).
Evaluation methods
Written examination. Four reflection questions in close connection with subject matters that have been deepened during the seminar.
Other information
It is  advisable to have a basic knowledge on Subsaharan African contexts but it is not a definite prerequisite.
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Political Sciences: International Relations

Master [120] in Public Administration

Master [120] in Population and Development Studies

Master [120] in Political Sciences: General

Master [60] in Political Sciences: General