PSCI 257
Leaders in Africa: Prophets, Autocrats Tyrants Spring 2010
Division II
Cross-listed LEAD 257 / PSCI 257
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Independence across Africa produced an impressive list of first-generation rulers (Nkrumah, Nyerere, Senghor, Mandela, Banda, Houphouet-Boigny, Kaunda, Kenyatta, Khama, to name a few). These courageous, charismatic and well-educated figures embodied the promise and hope of self-determination. Although these leaders succeeded in challenging the colonial state and promised to bring freedom and development, within a decade of independence hope had turned to despair as many of them re-invented themselves as autocrats while others succumbed to coups. Only a few succeeded. What went so terribly wrong? Why did the promise of freedom turn so quickly into limited participation or outright repression? To answer these questions, this course examines the lives, political ideas and leadership of several first-generation rulers in Africa.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 30
Expected: 27
Class#: 3164
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two 6-page papers and one 15-page research paper
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores, Political Science majors and Leadership Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
LEAD 257 Division II PSCI 257 Division II

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