Course

Virtual Course on "African History through the Lens of Economics"

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The Wheeler Institute, supported by STEG and CEPR, is offering a virtual course entitled “African History through the Lens of Economics” for the spring of 2022, starting 1 February and continuing until 13 April.

Course Overview

Africa has experienced robust growth over the past two decades. Increases in productivity, structural transformation, and urbanisation are improving the lives of millions. As Africa's role on the global stage is rising, so does the need to understand the impact of the continent’s past on its present.

The Wheeler Institute for Business and Development at London Business School has designed an interdisciplinary, open-access lecture series to study the impact of Africa’s history on contemporary development. The 10-week course led by Elias Papaioannou (London Business School), Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton University), Stelios Michalopoulos (Brown University) and Nathan Nunn (Harvard University) will feature leading experts and guest scholars across economics, history, political science, cultural anthropology, business and psychology to provide a forum of dialogue across multiple subject areas.

This course is open to students and professionals with an interest in economics, political science, history, sociology and economic development in sub-Saharan Africa. Supported by the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and the Structural Transformation and Economic Growth Initiative (STEG).


Tentative Course Schedule

10 main lectures + 10 special and plenary sessions covering major aspects of African history every Tuesday and Wednesday from 10:00 EST/15:00 GMT for 10 weeks starting 1 February and continuing until 13 April.

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Please note: a longer version of the course syllabus including a reading list will be shared with the attendees.


More Information

Find more information on the course website here. Registration can be found here.