GV344-Culture and Development in Africa

Module Provider: Geography and Environmental Science
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites:
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Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Dr Ruth Evans

Email: r.evans@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module explores the relationship between culture and development in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa from theoretical and policy perspectives. Students analyse key social, cultural and development processes and contemporary issues affecting Africa at a range of geographical scales.

Aims:
This module aims to examine the concepts of culture and development in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa from both theoretical and policy perspectives. The course critically engages with key social, cultural and development processes and debates at a range of geographical scales, including the global, national, community, household and individual levels.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On completion of this Module it is expected that a student will be able to:

• Describe and analyse a range of socio-cultural and development issues and debates in contemporary African societies
• Critically analyse the cultural and development processes that lead to the marginalisation of particular social groups in a range of contexts in sub-Saharan Africa
• Critically evaluate research on postcolonial and development geographies within African contexts
• Critically evaluate policy approaches to culture and development in Africa
• Demonstrate research skills and a critical engagement with contemporary cultural development issues in Africa through planning and writing a project proposal.

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of skills of critical reading, oral communication and proposal writing skills. This will be achieved through students’ individual reading, research and preparation of a project proposal and contributions to seminars.

Outline content:
The module examines the concepts of culture and development in the context of Sub-Saharan Africa from both theoretical and policy perspectives. The course will explore the ways that culture and identity intersect with development processes at a range of geographical scales, including the global, national, community, household and individual levels. Students will analyse the social, cultural and development processes that lead to the marginalisation of particular social groups in contemporary African societies, including gender relations, childhood and youth, race and postcolonial legacies, sexualities, disability and care. These processes will be examined through an analysis of the cultural dimensions of a range of development issues in Africa, including HIV, access to education, human rights and cultural practices, land access and rural spaces, cities and urbanisation, displacement and forced migration.

Global context:
This module focuses on culture and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. It analyses the ways that international development and global human rights discourses and practices affect the everyday lives of people in diverse African contexts.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and video material.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Seminars 10
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 168
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 70
Oral assessment and presentation 30

Other information on summative assessment:

Coursework (100%): A 3000 word project proposal (70%) Seminar presentation and discussion (30%). 


Formative assessment methods:

Seminar discussions of preparatory reading, activities and workshop discussions about developing a project proposal.


Penalties for late submission:

Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy.
The following penalties will be applied to coursework which is submitted after the deadline for submission:

- where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark;

- where the piece of work is submitted more than one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
(Please refer to the Undergraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guideUG.aspx)
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-submission of coursework in August/September


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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