In an increasingly connected world, there are no specialty areas. Integration into a growing global economy encompasses both economic and trans-economic issues. At the Davos World Economic Forum 2001, the term “culturnomics” was coined to define how various intellectual disciplines need to combine in order to offer a fuller world view. This is course will be an introduction for students interested in issues affecting global governance and Africa. Through a series of lectures offered by ambassadors and embassy officials from the S.A.D.C. group, (http://www.mbendi.co.za/orsadc.htm) students will explore the variety of links diplomatic, educational, economic and cultural that tie Japan to contemporary Africa.
The course will focus the geo-political area of southern Africa, and the issues that such regions face as they plan seek to integrate their local economies and to connect to the “global village.” Speakers from the various embassies of the S.A.D.C. group will be invited to speak on the theme of global economy, culture and change and the impact of Japanese policies within the region.
As the countries of sub-Saharan Africa attempt to formulate policies in areas such as HIV care and education, sustainable development,
conflict management and the growth of open societies, these policies connect with similar policies and issues around the world. Japan has made aid for African nations and support for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development a major part of its international policy. Two years ago at the third Tokyo International Conference on African Development Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi pledged $1 billion for education and health care in Africa making Japan one of the major aid donors for Africa. This government interest has led to a variety of efforts to make the connections between southern Africa and Japan more multi-dimensional, and include both large-scale and small scale investment, tourism and educational connections and N.G.O. endeavors.
( http://www.ajf.gr.jp/old/english/ajf_update.htm )
Each student will be expected to join a study group that will focus one of the African countries represented by the speakers. The groups will research and present on the ties and programs between their focus country and Japan. As a final project, each group will present a tentative plan to further develop the connections between Japan and their research country.
As this is a lecture class attendance will be an important part of the grade. If a student is absent for 3 classes without an official excuse his/her grade will be lowered one level. If more than 4 class are missed, the student cannot pass the class. Along with the group work and presentation, each student will be expected to hand in a 3-4 page paper (single space, 12pt font separate bibliography) on the last day of class.
The paper will focus on one aspect of Japan/Africa relations covered in the course.