Switzerland, Geneva

Global Africa

when 19 June 2017 - 28 June 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 ECTS
fee CHF 900

Global Africa: New Perspectives on the Changing Role of African States and Societies in a Global World

Africa’s role in the international system is becoming increasingly complex and diversified as the continent intensifies its relations with the “Global South” (China, Brazil, India, among others). While this shift does not diminish the political and financial importance of the privileged links that many African states have with traditional partners in Europe and North America, new insights and perspectives are needed to better understand Africa’s position in the global world. This is particularly the case as African economies have gone through a decade of sustained growth, turning the continent from “hopeless”, as it was dubbed in a May 2000 issue of The Economist, into the new frontier of global capitalism.

Drawing on Geneva’s unique position as international capital, this 8-day intensive course helps students make sense of these changes by exploring the history and current challenges that African states and societies face with respect to their relations with the global world.

Please note: changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Course leader

Course director: Dr. Didier Péclard

Faculty: Professors from the University of Geneva and guest scholars from Africa, Europe and North America

Target group

3rd year BA and MA Students, as well as professionals interested in deepening their knowledge of Africa

Course aim

Bringing together a unique mix of academics and practitioners from international organizations, NGOs, and UN agencies, the course provides students with the opportunity to:

Understand the role and place of Africa in the world, both historically and in the present day
Get a first-hand experience of Africa’s position in a globalized world through contact with Geneva-based international organizations
Discover an international city at the heart of Europe

Credits info

4 ECTS
Equivalence of 4 ECTS credits

Participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion of the course if they satisfy attendance and evaluation requirements. It is the participant’s responsibility to verify the validity of the course and validate it at their home university prior to participating in the course.

Fee info

CHF 900: Early Bird, March 1st 2017: 900 CHF

Tuition fees do not include housing or accommodation.
CHF 1200: Final Deadline, May 1st, 2017: 1,200 CHF

Tuition fees do not include housing or accommodation.