Walsh School of Foreign Service

AFSP 4449 China’s Evolving Role in Africa

Yoon Jung Park (new window)

Mondays 2:00 PM-4:30 PM

This course fulfills elective certificate requirement 

China and Africa’s economic and diplomatic relations have developed rapidly in the last twenty years. Media stories depict China’s engagement as a new “scramble for Africa” reminiscent of the West’s colonial engagement with Africa in 20th century. What is the real story? What is China getting from its engagement with Africa? Even more important, what are the Africans getting from the relationship? Will it be transformative or a repeat of the Western colonial extractive experience? This course will provide students with a balanced and nuanced understanding of the China-in-Africa story.