PSCI 243 Fall 2012 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 nature and legacies of colonial rule and nationalist movements. From there, we consider the African state, highlighting the factors that have made some states weak and others strong. The course then turns to how ethnicity, class and civil society operate as bases of political mobilization. Finally, the course analyzes the causes, consequences and limitations of the recent waves of political and economic liberalization across Africa.
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,PSCI Comparative Politics Courses
Enrollment Limit: 35
Expected Enrollment: 30
Class Number: 1657
PSCI243-01(F) LEC Politics of Africa Division 2: Social Studies Ngonidzashe Munemo
TR 11:20 AM-12:35 PM Hopkins Hall 001 1657
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