PSCI 243 Spring 2015 Politics of Africa

Cross Listed as AFR256
This course provides a broad introduction to the politics of contemporary Africa, emphasizing along the way the diversity of African politics. It seeks to challenge the widespread image of African politics as universally and inexplicably lawless, violent, and anarchic.This course begins by examining the colonization of Africa, nationalist movements, and patterns of rule in the first 30 years of independence. From there, the course analyzes the causes, achievements and limitations of the recent waves of political and economic liberalization across Africa. With an understanding of politics in African countries, we consider how this shapes patterns of economic development. Finally, the course examines China's growing expansion into Africa. We ask whether this is neocolonialism, or a beneficial relationship for African countries.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion, four short papers and final exam
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: sophomores, Political Science majors and Africana Studies concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: INST African Studies Electives,POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses,PSCI Comparative Politics Courses
Enrollment Limit: 35
Expected Enrollment: 30
Class Number: 3633
PSCI 243 - 01 (S) LEC Politics of Africa Division 2: Social Studies Ngonidzashe Munemo
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Griffin 2 3633
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