ETH3240 African Economic Development: Theory & Practice

Course Overview

Educational Level: Upper undergraduate, Bachelor
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Dr. Alemayehu Mekonnen

Course Description:

Despite all the negative publicity about the political and economic conditions of the continent, Africas economy, commerce, global investment, the rise of consumers, is better than any time in African history. Access roads, electricity, education, and markets, mobile phones and social media are expanding rapidly. Improved health care and availability of medicines is reducing infant mortality and it is expected to create a baby boom that could increase the continents population to 2.4 billion by 2050. This course explains the economic growth in Africa and its ramification on the Christian movement.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Cultural and economic changes create new questions, demands flexibility and adjustment. For example, since the economic boom, there is a high divorce rate in China. This course addresses the opportunity of economic growth for the expansion of the gospel and the danger of wealth to Christian faith.

Why This Course Is Important:

To sustain economic growth in Africa, high level of education for potential employees, healthy and effective organizational structures, absence of corruption, advanced technology, farsighted leadership, democratic governance, to mention a few is essential. As the course investigates the economic growth in Africa, it also highlights the importance of leadership, infrastructure, human power, and technology for the growth and sustainable economy.