GGR265H5 (Under)development and Health in sub-Saharan Africa

GGR265 Course Desciption

Course Description

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is one of the most diverse and intriguing regions in the world. In this course, students will be introduced to contemporary development and health issues by examining historical experiences, social, political, economic and environmental processes. This approach will help highlight the vast diversity and address some of the many questions about the region including:

  • What processes underlie famine and food insecurity?
  • What are the underlying causes of the conflict and genocide in some regions?
  • What processes explain spatial disparities in health, or regional and gender differences in HIV rates and the outbreak of rare diseases like Ebola?

The course will rely on case studies to provide an understanding of the complexity in each topic.

Credits: Social Science

Lecture hours: 24

Exclusion: None

Prerequisite: 4.0 credits

Core Skills Developed

  • a critical understanding of the context of health and development in SSA and how they relate to history, economic, social, physical and political contexts

  • application of geographical concepts such as ‘place’ and ‘human-environment relations’ to specific issues in SSA
  • verbal and written communication skills