LDE minor African Dynamics

NB On registering for this minor, a message will pop up indicating that the course is full and you will be placed on a waiting list. Please ignore this message and continue with your registration! The selection will be made once the registration has closed (deadline: 15 April).

The joint Leiden, Delft, Erasmus (LDE) Minor African Dynamics (MAD) is a multidisciplinary course for third year bachelor students from the LDE universities.

Africa has undergone significant transformation in the past decades and this is set to accelerate. Currently 65 percent of the continent’s population is below the age of 35. Projections indicate that the population will double in the next 30 years, with more than half of the people living in urbanised environments. This young and dynamic population and growing demand for food, water, energy, land, infrastructure, health services, education, jobs, etc. can be powerful drivers of growth, but may also present severe social, economic and environmental threats. The way in which Africa unfolds will greatly impact the course of the world’s shared future in the 21st century.

Building on Agenda 2063 and the SDGs the African Dynamics minor fosters a deeper understanding of integrated and sustainable development approaches in Africa. Courses offered by leading Africanists from the universities of Leiden, Delft and Rotterdam combine knowledge and expertise in diverse fields to depict Africa from different perspectives, with an emphasis on how Africans themselves view their continent and the world. The African Studies Centre Leiden Library functions as a hub of this knowledge.

To establish an understanding of what different academic fields have to offer, the African Dynamics minor students combine their knowledge from separate disciplines in addressing Africa’s challenges and strengthening the opportunities the continent presents. Innovative and collaborative learning strategies are applied to stimulate the co-creation of knowledge during seminars, discussions, debates, and group workshops, as well as interactive webinars, excursions and a Small Private Online Course (SPOC), presented as a global classroom. To compare theoretical knowledge to African realities, the second block offers a three-week African field study.

  • Innovative technology enhanced learning programme and assignments
  • Includes a three week field study in Africa
  • Serves as a pre-master for the Master in African Studies at Leiden University

Corona provisio: If Covid-19 related travel restrictions remain in place, the field study will be hosted in the Netherlands.

More information on the course programme and application procedure can be found in Leiden University's e-prospectus

As this is a selection minor, the timeframe for registrations is limited. You can ONLY register from 1 April until 15 April 2021. Only 40 students can be accommodated, and late applications will not be considered.

Contact: minorafricandynamics@asc.leidenuniv.nl

There will not be any live minor markets this year, but you are welcome to:

1) register to attend one of the online markets:

Leiden University: 30 March 15.30 - 17.30 (4x30 min. sessions)
TU Delft: 31 March 14.30-15.00
Erasmus University Rotterdam: 25 March 11.30 – 12.00

2) ask one of the MAD alumni:

from the 2019-2020 (pre-Corona) cohort

Lydia Lampiri
Leiden University
BSc Political Science

Ivan Eikelenboom
TU Delft
BA Industrial Design

Bahumi Mogwe-Jansen
Leiden University College
BSc Liberal Arts & Sciences: Global Challenges

or from the 2020-2021 (Corona) cohort:

Robin Breedeveld
Leiden University
BA International Studies

Nienke van der Mast
Erasmus University Rotterdam
BA Psychology

Lyana Usa
TU Delft
BSc Electrical Engineering