CAAS 359 - African Politics
Section: 001
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
CAAS 200.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The course will focus on selected themes in African politics in order to illuminate the problems and challenges present on the continent. Military conflicts over power and resources continue in many African countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Sudan, while outbreaks of election or xenophobic violence have disrupted people and communities in Kenya and South Africa, countries that are supposedly “at peace”. Transformative processes of democratization and economic reform have also occurred from Namibia to Tanzania. The course will examine the causes of conflict, new forms of political authority, the construction of democratic institutions, and the growth of the market. It will explore the causes and consequences of economic reform particularly in urban areas, which have expanded exponentially in the last twenty years. Selected case studies will focus on Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, and Mozambique in order to illustrate the themes we have examined. Throughout the course, we shall consider historical continuities as well as the discontinuities brought by contemporary political, social, and economic changes.

CAAS 359 - African Politics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0521671949
African politics in comparative perspective, Author: Hyde?n, Go?ran, 1938-, Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2006
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0801474922
The order of genocide : race, power, and war in Rwanda, Author: Scott Straus., Publisher: Cornell University Press 2006
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780333715192
Contemporary South Africa, Author: Antony Butler, Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan 2009
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0195311450
The bottom billion : why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it, Author: by Paul Collier., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0521713714
Business and the state in Africa : economic policy-making in the neo-liberal era, Author: Antoinette Handley., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2008
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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