Coming Fall 2021

INAF 5603: Issues in Development in Africa

Co-taught by Professors Samuel Oloruntoba and Yiagadeesen (Teddy) Samy, Issues in Development in Africa (INAF 5603) is a graduate course that will examine the economic and political dimensions of various issues related to African economic development, with a focus on the sub-Saharan African region.

Topics to be covered will include: the influence of Africa’s colonial and early post-colonial economic and political histories on current economic outcomes; growth, poverty and inequality; the roles of education and health; gender and economic development; the importance of agriculture and natural resources; institutions; conflict and fragility; the role of foreign aid, including China’s influence on the region; debt and domestic resource mobilization; trade, foreign direct investment and regional integration; and Canada-Africa relations.  To capture the diversity of the African development experience, specific countries will be examined in more depth in relation to each of the topics discussed.

Minor in Community Engagement

This minor is open to all undergraduate degree students in any program. The minor in Community Engagement will offer students a course of study that includes the theoretical tools and practical skills to recognize, respectfully engage, and build community, while working for change and respecting differences both on- and off-campus. The minor will consist of two core courses (including a 2000-level core course, Foundations in Community Engagement, and a 4000-level capstone) plus 1.0 credits of experiential learning courses and 2.0 credits of other interdisciplinary academic coursework. These courses will work together to provide students with solid methodological, theoretical, and experiential training in community engagement. Please click here for more details on the requirements for the minor.

Minor in Critical Race Studies

Administered through the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Minor in Critical Race Studies explicitly foregrounds anti-racism, especially anti-Black racism, and decolonial practices, as central to social justice . Race will be examined in its historical context and through current social, political, and cultural practices. Students will be introduced to a diverse range of topics including:  the historical roots of oppression, transnational feminisms, white settler-colonialism, privilege and power, social construction of race, socio-political conditions producing systemic and institutional racism, and the intersection of race with sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, and ableism. The goal of the Minor is to provide students with resources in Critical Race Studies that would allow them to learn about white supremacy, settler colonialism, Indigeneity, anti-Black and systemic and institutional racisms, and histories of racialization, migration, and diaspora in Canada. The Critical Race Studies Minor develops the foundation for public citizenship and is well suited for anyone interested in equity, diversity, inclusion and social justice. Please click here for more details on the requirements for the minor.

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