Francophone African Studies

Lecturer: Dr Caroline Williamson Sinalo
Discipline: Francophone African Studies.
Department: Department of French, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.
Title of Teaching Module and Book of Modules Code: FR2311 Africa: Colonialism to Continental Crisis


Global Citizenship and Development Education Learning Objectives

The module already includes many aspects of GCDE, particularly, themes, theory, skills, and values, causes of injustice etc. because it teaches them about a postcolonial conflict in Africa.
Students learn about the legacy of colonial racism, the failures of the international community and the misrepresentation of this highly significant genocide and war.

Where the module could be improved is in terms of student actions and global local links. The GCDE learning objectives will therefore be as follows:

  • To encourage student action by asking them to organise a commemoration ceremony in honour of the victims of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi – the first such event ever held in Cork.
  • To foster local/global links through bringing the memory of this African event to Cork.



Praxis plan

Williamson Sinalo, Caroline_case-study-Praxis-Plan (PDF opens in a new tab/window)



Dr Caroline Williamson Sinalo came to University College Cork as a Lecturer in World Languages in February 2015. Before joining UCC, she was a Teaching Associate at the University of Nottingham where she also obtained her PhD in French and Francophone Studies. As part of her doctoral training, she spent one year working in Rwanda for the Aegis Trust, a charity that campaigns against genocide and runs the Kigali Genocide Memorial Centre.

Dr Williamson Sinalo has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Manchester and spent a year at the Institut de Psychologie de l’Université de Paris. Before becoming an academic, she worked for the FIFA Ticketing Office and was involved in organizing the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa.