Course Title: Contemporary Africa
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Contemporary Africa
Credit Points: 12.00
365H Global, Urban and Social Studies
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Charlie Hunt
Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3074
Course Coordinator Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Coordinator Location: 37.5
Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
Africa, is subject to constant scrutiny, commentary and analysis, both by insiders and outsiders. The images portrayed by the Western media depict Africa as a ‘poor continent’. The conflicting debate among ‘Northern’ and ‘Southern’ academics, researchers and general commentators calls for closer scrutiny and critique of the competing views about contemporary Africa.
The aim of this course is to enhance your understanding of the current and contemporary issues confronting Africa from historical, social, political, economic and cultural perspectives. It will introduce you to competing theoretical perspectives about why Africa, despite being ‘rich below the ground’, is poor ‘above ground’. It seeks to provide a broad overview of the opportunities and challenges of social, political and economic development on the continent suited to students who want to undertake development work in Africa.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
- Apply a body of theoretical and practical knowledge of international relations, global cultures, language and economic issues to your professional practice or further study.
- Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on knowledge about a rapidly changing world derived from multiple sources, perspectives and values systems.
- Apply logical, critical and creative thinking to effectively solve a range of problems associated with policies and programs in international and cross-cultural settings, and assess economic, cultural, social, environmental and political opportunities and risks.
- Work professionally and effectively with others in diverse cultural, linguistic and organisational contexts, and to adapt practices and knowledge to local circumstances.
- Assist in the identification of needs, the design, planning, resourcing and implementation of research and development projects in international and cross-cultural settings.
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Interpret and articulate a diversity of views in relation to emerging issues in contemporary Africa and their impacts at the local, regional and global level
- Analyse the lasting impact of political and social history and cultural traditions on contemporary developments in Africa
- Contribute more effectively to international development projects in Africa
- Engage more effectively with a range of stakeholders involved in supporting development in Africa
Overview of Learning Activities
The major learning activities for this course include lectures, guest lectures, analysis of documentary films, tutorial-based activities including small group work and class discussions, and online discussions.
Overview of Learning Resources
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.
Overview of Assessment
You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Assessment Task 1: Informed reflective post, 30%, CLO1, CLO2 and CLO4 (1,200 words)
Assessment Task 2: Quiz, 20%, CLO1, CLO2
Assessment Task 3: Professional Report, 50%, CLO1, CLO2, CLO3, and CLO4 (2,000 words)
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.