China’s Role and Influence in Africa Today Syllabus


Course Number: CHAF101
Course Title: China’s Role and Influence in Africa Today
Course Choice of Meeting Days: To be announced (TBA)
Course Meeting Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Course Meeting Place: To be announced (TBA)


Name: Pamela M. Seaton
Office Phone: 703-231-7445 and 877-244-5126
e-Mail Address:
Office Location: Internet virtual
Office Hours: 24 hours


Course Design: The “China’s Role and Influence in Africa Today” course is designed to examine China-Africa trade and investment relations since the beginning of their historical and political relationship up until now. This course also looks at a few case studies (e.g. Tanzania-Zambia railways, Angola, Sudan, and South African studies) in the China-Africa relationship, as well as the benefits and pitfalls of the relationship. For example, the labor inequalities between the Chinese and African workers in Chinese companies will be examined. China’s overall trade and investment will also be examined versus the US and World Bank’s investment in Africa.

Course Objective: The topical course will enable student participants the opportunity to critically discuss and analyze China-Africa economic relations and their implications for future political relations between the two. It will also enable students to examine China’s far-reaching influence and impact upon Africa economies both politically and economically.

Instructor Objective: Instructor hopes to give student participants the course tools (e.g. slide show presentations, historical/contemporary economic data, Q & A sessions to enable the participants to understand China-Africa economic relations, as well as provide much ‘food for thought’ on their political implications for the future.

Course Methodology: Instructor presentations of each lesson plan will be provided coupled with economic data, slide shows, flow charts, and case studies/scenarios. Q & A sessions will be encouraged during the course and at the end of each lesson plan session.

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