News

Two New African Studies Courses Offered By Kenyan Directors

We are pleased to announce that our Kenya Semester Program directors, Drs. Wairimu Ndirangu and Abdelwahab Sinnary, will each be teaching a 1/2 credit African Studies course this semester. This is a great opportunity for students thinking about studying in Kenya, students who have returned from Kenya, students with an interest in either field, or students who are looking to take a fascinating course on a new topic. Dr. Nidrangu will be instructing a course called "Healthcare in Developing Countries: Challenges and Solutions" during the first half of the semester and Dr. Sinnary will teach a course called "Philosophy and Practice of Conservation in East Africa" during the second half of the semester. Below are complete course descriptions. Students may register for either course through APR 2. 

AFS 3005,ANTH 3006, SOC 3010, GS 3006: Healthcare in Developing Countries: Challenges and Solutions

8/27/-10/10 C112 T/TH 2:20-3:50

Instructor: Dr. Wairimu Ndirangu

In this course we will look at the challenges facing the provision of public health in selected regions of east Africa.  There are many challenges, arising among other things from the general level of poverty, as well as the diversity of cultures and environments. We will look at different approaches to the management and delivery of health care to rural and urban populations, and develop skills to distinguish between models that work and those that are in need of adjusting their practices and approach to care. Drawing on case studies from the region, we will pay particular attention to the need for cross cultural skills and awareness in creating best practices for providing health care. Case studies will include those based on the instructor’s over 20 years of experience in health care, as well as those drawn from field experiences of students on the Kenya semester program.  This course is open to all students with an interest in public and global health. It will be of particular interest to students planning to apply for the Kenya semester program or for the summer off-campus course that focuses on challenges to the provision of health care in developing countries.

AFS 3006, ENVS 3003: Philosophy and Practice of Conservation in East Africa

10/13-12/11 C112 T/Th 2:20-3:50

Instructor: Dr. Abdelwahab Sinnary

Biodiversity conservation is a foreign concept in Africa and was first introduced by the colonial powers. Despite more than half a century of independence, the philosophy and practice of conservation in Africa does not differ much from what was established by the colonial powers. Today, national conservation agencies are manned by Africans but these agencies depend heavily, both technically and financially, on Western countries, individuals and organizations. Moreover, protected areas cater for Western tourists that visit the continent for game viewing and sport hunting. Rural communities, who had coexisted with this unique biodiversity for centuries, have largely being excluded and marginalized. African conservation is thus largely being influenced by the West and caters for Western clients. But, will African conservation continue to be a homegrown product cultivated by foreign hands to serve foreign clients, or will Africans ultimately take charge of their own affairs?  This course evaluates the conservation practices and approaches being undertaken by the different African governments, conservation organizations and communities. It explores the philosophical, social, cultural, economic and political context of the African conservation scene. It evaluates the relationship between the different stakeholders, compares and contrast legal and policy frameworks and assesses international influences between different African countries.  This course is more topical than theoretical. Students will be required to complete the required readings for each class beforehand. Course assessment will be based group presentations, paper reviews, an analytical paper and class participation. 

**These courses are an excellent choice for students considering applying for the Kenya Semester Program.  They are offered at the same time and room during each half of the semester respectively, so that students may take both courses in sequence for a total of 1.0 units.