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53778-01 - Übung: Small Town Transformation in Namibia and Switzerland 3 KP

Semester Frühjahrsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Lena Bloemertz (lena.bloemertz@unibas.ch)
Luregn Lenggenhager (luregn.lenggenhager@unibas.ch)
Giorgio Miescher (giorgio.miescher@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt The course deals with structural changes in small towns in Namibia and Switzerland. We will engage with several case studies in order to understand how small towns in both countries have coped and plan to cope with past and present changing socio-economic conditions.
The Namibian town of Oranjemund, for instance, was once the country’s most important mining town. Established in the Namib desert in the 1930s the company-owned town developed into a green oasis and accommodated a population of up to 10’000 people consisting of employees of the mine and some of their families. For many decades diamond mining at Oranjemund was in desperate need of labour and attracted people from all over the country and abroad. Especially unskilled labourers were generally recruited as temporary contract labourers who were forced to leave their families behind. A couple of years ago the mining company started to withdraw. Arguing that mining was no longer profitable enough, it handed over the administration of the town to the Namibian government. Under these new conditions the inhabitants of the town and their administration are facing dramatic challenges. Structural change was and continues to be a serious challenge in Switzerland, too. For instance, the textile industry in eastern Switzerland, world famous in the 19th century, had once dramatically changed the existing agricultural society during its growing phase. However the industry had almost disappeared by the end of the 20th century and small towns like e.g. Herisau had to build a new economic base in order to survive. The decline of the watch making industry since the 1970s had similar implications. A town like Le Locle had to dramatically diversify its economy to at least partly replace the former stronghold of its economy.
While the historic and socio-economic context of the two countries differ substantially, the visions and ideas for a sustainable future are surprisingly similar. In both contexts, tourism is increasingly seen as way forward. But also other niches, such as heritage, technology, or service industries are widely discussed.
Bemerkungen The course is directed in particular to MA students in History, Geography, and African Studies. It serves as a preparation for two joint excursions with students from the University of Namibia. These joint field trips to both countries will take place in June 2019 and the second part of 2019.
The field trips offer the possibility to collaboratively think about and compare processes of socio-economic and environmental changes. Thereby they provide the participants with the methodologies to understand the past and present of these changing environments at home and abroad. The number of participants for the field trips is limited to 10 students per country. If necessary, a selection will be made based on qualification and motivation.
The course is part of the project “Learning for (Ex-)Change” enabled by the Mercator Stiftung Schweiz and run by the Centre for African Studies in collaboration with the University of Namibia for three years (2019-2021). The project seeks to develop and implement innovative forms of international collaboration in teaching and learning. Please note, that due to the nature of the project it is compulsory to attend both field trips complementing one another. However, students can attend the preparatory course without participating in the field trips.
Credit Points: Übung 3, Excursions 5


Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 21.02.2019 – 23.05.2019
Zeit Donnerstag, 14.15-16.00

The course takes place at the BAB, Basler Afrika Bibliographien, Klosterberg 23.

Datum Zeit Raum
Donnerstag 21.02.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 28.02.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 07.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 14.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Fasnachtsferien
Donnerstag 21.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 28.03.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 04.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 11.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 18.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr Ostern
Donnerstag 25.04.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 02.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 09.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 16.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Donnerstag 23.05.2019 14.15-16.00 Uhr --, --
Module Modul: Areas: Europa Global (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte in globaler Perspektive )
Modul: Areas: transnational - global (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2018))
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Fachkompetenz Globaler Wandel (Master Studienfach Geographie)
Modul: Fields: Environment and Development (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Interdisciplinary and Applied African Studies (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Profil: Geschichte Afrikas (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2018))
Modul: Profil: Moderne (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2018))
Modul: Profil: Schweizer Geschichte (Master Studiengang Europäische Geschichte (Studienbeginn vor 01.08.2018))
Wahlbereich Bachelor Geschichte: Empfehlungen (Bachelor Studienfach Geschichte)
Wahlbereich Master Geschichte: Empfehlungen (Master Studienfach Geschichte)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Zentrum für Afrikastudien