Course Description

Course Name

Special Topics in International Development I

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Known as the ?Dark Continent? for its wide areas of derelict land, internal conflicts, famine, and frequent military coups, the African continent has faced numerous difficulties during its process of development and modernization following the decolonization period. Even now political instability in Africa persists, with crises in Sudan, Mali, and the Congo, as well as other civil wars and coup d?Etats.

Fortunately, civil wars have been occurring less frequently and the political situation has become more stable than in the previous century, with democracy also continuing to spread throughout the continent. As Africa?s potential for further growth and the global demand for energy have been steadily increasing, the competition for market share and resources in Africa has grown more intense as well. In particular, China?s rapid implementation of its large-scale Africa strategy has raised concern among countries that have made earlier inroads into the African market, including India, Japan, and the Western countries.

However, as shown in numerous historical cases such as slave trade, colonization, Cold War, neo-colonialism etc., if we don't regard the Continent as a true partner in world affairs without sincere and empathetic view, there are always high risks of manipulation and distortion of relation. Especially, since Korea has paid no particular attention to Black Continent and its society largely remains in perceptions of many clichés developed in Western world.

This course is designed to understand and rethink the general aspects of African Affairs and the main objective of this course lies in deconstructing the existing misperception on African Continent and reconstructing a more balanced perspective. The reconstructed perspective will, hopefully, lead a more balanced practice in the field for future practitioners. To achieve the goal of our course, the approach will be interdisciplinary and thematic. First, the course is based on a wide variety of disciplines ranging from history, sociology, archaeology, political science, development theory, IR theories etc.

*Course content subject to change