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This course introduces students to contemporary challenges to African security from societal, political, economic and environmental security sectors. As a result, students are introduced to the African state as a security actor and referent, leading approaches to African security and an overview of African security literature.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||30 credits (15 ECTS credits)|
One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.
Africa is often described as the theatre of global power competition. While Africa may always not be a power on the global stage, Africa provides the avenue for the display of global power competition. This was seen in the ‘scramble for Africa’ at the end of the 19th Century and super power competition during the Cold War. The recent rise in China’s involvement in Africa is also indicative of contemporary dynamics in the international system. Often what happens in Africa is a symptom of the state of the international system. Contemporary Africa is beset by several security challenges which need to be continuously explored. Conflicts over resources, rebellions against governments, violent identity politics, terrorism and environmental conflicts continue to challenge national security in Africa. This course explores these themes to equip students with the ability to understand, analyse and propose possible interventions.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Video Presentation - 30%
Policy Brief - 30%
Essay (3000 Words) - 40%
Alternative Resit Arrangements
Essay - 100%
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Reflection||Evaluate||Be familiar with approaches to and literature on African Security Studies.|
|Conceptual||Understand||Understand the role of the African state as a security actor and referent.|
|Conceptual||Understand||Understand several contemporary challenges to African security from several security sectors.|
|Procedural||Analyse||Discuss a specific case study of a contemporary challenge to African Security.|
|Procedural||Apply||Apply knowledge gained from the Course to articulate ‘SMART’ interventions to contemporary challenges to African security.|