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  UGEC 2226 解讀非洲:環境、社會與展望
Discovering Africa: Environment, Society and Prospects

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Course Description
Number of Units: 2
Lecture Hours: 2 hours/week
Course Teacher: Prof. Lawal M. MARAFA (
Language of Instruction: English  
Course Outline

Popular representations of the African continent produced in global discussions are marked by a stereotyped image of Africa, its culture, environment and development. The purpose of this course is to critically examine the common framing of Africa as a continent of conflict, disasters, poverty and a region that is perpetually in need of external intervention. The course will present to students the context of Africa relating to its situation, geography, environment, culture as well as contemporary development issues shaping the destiny of Africa. The course will provide an intellectual platform to understand and analyze issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective as they relate to Africa. Africa is a land of great contrasts and possesses a rich mix of scenic beauty, impressive biodiversity, diverse cultures, untapped and underused natural resources as well as an interesting history.

Africa is continuously misunderstood and misrepresented. Some of these issues include health issues, disasters, conflicts, economic and development challenges, etc. These will kindle the student's intellectual curiosity and allow them to critically appreciate challenges and prospects facing the African continent.

This course will provide an academically critical platform to sensitize students of the contemporary trend of Africa in the global arena.

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Course Highlights
Physical and environmental aspects of African continent
1. The African landscapes
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2. The ABCDE (African biodiversity conservation, degradation and extinction)


Rural development in Africa


Urban landscapes and development
Socio-Cultural aspects of Africa
5. Disasters, poverty and livelihood
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6. People-land relationship
7. Conflict resolution
Contemporary and future trends
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NGOs in Africa
9. Tourism in Africa
10. Africa in world affairs
11. China and Africa
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