As a participant, you will engage with local cases, continental phenomena, global processes and cross-cultural interaction. In addition to the teaching in class, you will carry out independent study and implement a project according to your individual interests and professional requirements, which allows you to apply the knowledge and skills you have developed to a practical challenge or a particular problem set.
8/9 November 2019
Political Religion: Tradition, Reform, Fundamentalism
This course challenges prevalent explanations of religious activism in Africa. Participants will be introduced to concepts of political religion and their application to African contexts in order to develop a historized and actors-centered understanding of current transformations.
28/29 November 2019
Youth in Africa: Agents of Change or Ticking Time Bomb?
This course looks at various forms and images of being young in Africa. Participants engage with case studies and different perspectives on the overall theme, and develop a nuanced picture of young African “makers and breakers” on the continent and beyond.
6/7 February 2020
Corruption and Integrity in Business and Development
This course provides participants with a thorough and reflected understanding of corruption and integrity. Participants engage with experiences and best practices from the perspectives of Swiss SMEs and multinationals as well as developmental NGOs.
The foundation course is based on the e-learning platform ADAM of the University of Basel and is compulsary for the completion of the CAS. It mainly consists of readings, online assignments and short essays on which participants receive feedback by the course directors.
The focus is on our understanding of social, political and economic processes in Africa. We ask, what role history and historiography, structural constraints and cultural context play for the production of knowledge on Africa, and critically engage with values, perceptions and assumptions underlying this knowledge. The aim is to introduce participants to new perspectives for the analysis of phenomena and events and to build the foundation for their work on the CAS project.
The CAS project is an integral part of the study programme. Participants develop a project according to their individual interest and professional requirements. They apply the knowledge and skills they have developed to a practical challenge, a particular problem set or a theoretical question. The aim is that participants deepen their knowledge and skills in areas relevant for their professional environment and benefit from concrete solutions elaborated within the frame of the project.
Participants have the option to specialize in one of the following fields:
- Politics and society
- Art and popular cultural
- Resources and development
- Intercultural competence
If participants choose a specialization, at least three of the short courses as well as the CAS project should link to the respective field.