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African Economic Development

Econ 288-01
Accra, Ghana
Profs: Niels-Hugo Blunch

This course introduces issues in African economic development, with an emphasis on both contemporary and historical perspectives. Course participants discuss economic and political institutions and social change in contemporary Africa, and historical patterns of economic and political development, with a strong emphasis on Ghana as our central case study. We emphasize concerns about public action and human capability and, in doing so, explore links to history, sociology, anthropology, and religion.

Our Blogger: Ellen Wiencek

Ellen is a senior mathematics and economics major from Medina, Ohio. During her time at Washington and Lee, Ellen has studied abroad in Paris, Oxford and now Ghana. On campus, she has been involved on the Campus Kitchen Leadership Team for four years, and she is an active member of the Nabors Service League and Pi Beta Phi sorority. She also loves to go hiking in the Shenandoah Valley and enjoys going on Outing Club trips. After graduation, Ellen will be working as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board in D.C.

  • Class Year: 2015
  • Major: Mathematics and Economics
  • Hometown: Medina, OH
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