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June 19 - 28, 2017 (8-day module)

Course description

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.

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

Equivalence of 4 ECTS credits

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

Target Audience

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

Tuition Fees

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

Final Deadline (May 1st, 2017): 1,200 CHF

UNIGE students: 250 CHF

Faculty & Staff

Course Director:

Dr. Didier Péclard

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

Schedule & Classes

Coming soon.