Course syllabus RPAFA - Development Problems in Africa in English (FRDIS - SS 2014/2015)


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Course code: RPAFA
Course title in language of instruction: Development Problems in Africa in English
Course title in Czech: Development Problems in Africa in English
Course title in English: Development Problems in Africa in English
Mode of completion and number of credits: Exam (6 credits)
(1 ECTS credit = 28 hours of workload)
Mode of delivery/Timetabled classes: full-time, 2/2 (hours of lectures per week / hours of seminars per week)
Language of instruction: English
Level of course: bachelor
Semester: SS 2014/2015
Name of lecturer: Ing. Samuel Antwi Darkwah, Ph.D. (examiner, instructor, lecturer, supervisor, tutor)
Prerequisites: not Development Problems in Africa
 
Aims of the course:
Africa is a region with diverse development challenges. Right after independence many African countries, in their quest to catch up with the rest of the world embarked on industrialization without paying attention to one of the basic fundamentals that underpins development in the early stages of transformation -- development of the agricultural sector. Thus, import substitution and 'Statist' approaches to development that were implemented had less developmental impacts up to the early part of the 1980s. This led to the implementation of Structure Adjustment Programmes supported by the IMF and the World Bank. These programmes to some extent reversed the economic decline but with much economic, social and environmental challenges. Today, many African countries are faced with serious developmental challenges that threaten economic and social growth. The objective of this course is to provide students with fundamental knowledge of some of the key development challenges facing Africa today as well as efforts being made by the World and Africans themselves to overcome these challenges.
 
Course contents:
1.Introduction to development problems in Africa. (allowance 2/0)
2.Poverty and income distribution. (allowance 2/4)
3.Mineral exploitation, Environmental degradation and Sustainable Development. (allowance 4/4)
4.Employment and the informal economy. (allowance 2/2)
5.International migration of Africans and development. (allowance 2/2)
6.Challenges of urbanization in Africa. (allowance 2/2)
7.The challenges of agricultural and industry development in Africa. (allowance 4/4)
8.Improving educational outcomes in Africa. (allowance 2/2)
9.Health and development. (allowance 2/2)
10.International trade -- WTO. (allowance 2/2)
11.Aid and development -- ODA. (allowance 2/2)
12.The role of multinational organizations (IMF, World Bank etc.) in African development. (allowance 2/2)
 
Learning outcomes and competences:
Generic competences:
 
-ability to understand foreign cultures and customes
-ability to work in international context
-communication in second language
-skilled at utilizing and processing information
-work in team

Specific competences:
 
-Ability to communicate in foreign language using corresponding terminology
-Ability to compare regional disparities and crucial factors conditioning the disparities
-Awareness and observing the aspects stemming from non-European national and cultural backgrounds
-Familiarity with and understanding developing issues of Africa
-Familiarity with environmental, demographic and migration trends and their economic and social impacts in developing countries

Type of course unit: required
Year of study: Not applicable - the subject could be chosen at anytime during the course of the programme.
Work placement: There is no compulsory work placement in the course unit.
Recommended study modules: -
 
Learning activities and study load (hours of study load):
Type of teaching methodDaily attendance
Direct teaching
     lecture28 h
     practice28 h
     seminar10 h
     consultation28 h
Self-study
     preparation for exam20 h
     preparation for regular assessment10 h
     preparation for regular testing10 h
     preparation of presentation7 h
     elaboration of reports10 h
     elaboration and execution of projects10 h
     writing of seminar paper7 h
Total168 h
 
Assessment methods:
The structure of the final grade is as follows:
Attendance 5 per cent
Final exam 70 per cent
Two-page written response 5 percent
(Group/individual) presentation/discussions 20 per cent
 
Recommended reading:
TypeAuthorTitlePublished inPublisherYearISBN
RQCol.World poverty for dummiesMiltonWiley Publishing Australia2008978-0-731-40699-9
RQFrom poverty to power: how active citizens and effective states can change the worldOxfordOxfam International ;2008978-0-85598-593-6
RQPUPLAMPU, P K. -- TETTEY, W.Critical perspectives in politics and socio-economic development in Ghana.The Netherlandsbrill200390-04-13013-6
RQTODARO, M P. -- SMITH, S C.Economic developmentHarlowPearson Education Limited2011978-1-4082-8447-6
RQThe process of economic developmentLondonRoutledge2009978-0-415-77104-7
RQPOTTER, R B. -- DESAI, V.The companion to development studiesLondonHodder Education2008978-0340-88914-5
RQRAVENHILL, J.Global political economyOxfordOxford University Press2008978-0-19-929203-5

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Last modification made by Bc. Vít Karber on 12/02/2014.

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