CAAS 453 - Culture, Class, and Conflict in Southern Africa
Section: 001 Culture, Class and Conflict in Southern Africa
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
CAAS 200.
Other Course Info:
(African Studies).
May not be repeated for credit.
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This course will explore the dynamics of culture, class, and conflict in the history of southern Africa and the challenges facing democracy in the post-Apartheid era. Our primary focus will be on South Africa, with excursions through the regional political economy as far north as Malawi all the while situating local dynamics in a global context. Our goal is to map the complex forms of social life that have emerged in this region over the past century or so and examine how these relate to the project proclaimed by South Africa’s first democratic government in 1994 of creating “A Better Life for All.” To this end, we will examine the history of state formation in the region from early nineteenth century to the present. We will study the politics of resistance in the region and the emergence of distinctive South African cultures. Our objective is to better understand the challenges posed by the legacy of apartheid, the pressures of globalization, and the imperatives of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, to democratic governance in the present and near future.

CAAS 453 - Culture, Class, and Conflict in Southern Africa
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001 (SEM)
M 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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