Africa: The Lost Continent?

Ref: C3673696

Africa – The Lost Continent? Even though Africa boasts a fifth of the world's population and is a continent rich in resources, the potential of this part of the world still remains largely untapped. Corrupt governments, the legacies of colonization, coup d'états, civil wars, bad governance and unfortunate natural disasters have all conspired to hinder Africa's growth and development. This course will take an in-depth look at Africa over the course of the last one hundred years. In particular, this course will focus on the following: the European ‘Scramble’ for Africa in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; decolonization and independence movements; the trials of statehood; problems posed by terrorism, famine, environmental degradation and AIDS; Rwanda’s genocide; apartheid and post-apartheid South Africa; the China Syndrome; the Arab Spring and its consequences; and Africa in the new Millennium.

Course aim

To promote a better understanding of the history of Africa over the course of the last 100 years

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an improved understanding of the recent history of Africa
  • Describe three key points relating to Africa's recent history
  • Critically evaluate recent developments in Africa
  • Identify a context for African development in contemporary world history

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress
  • There will be a number of tasks appropriate to your course such as written work, creating art or craft, video, photography or small projects. Some of these may be marked to help you progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • All materials will be provided
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • A notebook and writing implements

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Africa: The Lost Continent?


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  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
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