AFR 256
Politics of Africa Spring 2017
Division II
Cross-listed AFR 256 / PSCI 243
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This course provides an introduction to the politics of contemporary Africa, emphasizing the diversity of African politics. It seeks to challenge the widespread image of African politics as universally and inexplicably lawless, violent, and anarchic. We begin by examining the colonization of Africa, nationalist movements, and patterns of rule in the first 30 years of independence. From there, we analyze the causes, achievements and limitations of the recent wave of political liberalization across Africa. We then consider patterns of economic development in Africa. Finally, we examine China’s growing expansion into Africa and ask whether this is a new colonialism.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion
Limit: 35
Expected: 30
Class#: 3819
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class discussion, four short papers and final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores, Political Science majors and Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 256 Division II PSCI 243 Division II
Attributes: GBST African Studies Electives
POEC Comparative POEC/Public Policy Courses
PSCI Comparative Politics Courses

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