AAS 359 - African Politics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 200.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The course examines the political problems, opportunities, and challenges present in contemporary Africa. Conflicts over power and resources continue in many countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria, while electoral or xenophobic violence have disrupted people and communities in Kenya and South Africa, countries that are supposedly “at peace”. Transformative as well as disruptive 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 private sector development particularly in urban areas, which have expanded exponentially in the last twenty years. Selected case studies will focus on Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia, Angola, 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.

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AAS 359 - African Politics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

For Hyden, please purchase the 2009 edition (available in paperback).
ISBN: 1847013163
Turning points in African democracy, Author: ed. by Abdul Raufu Mustapha ..., Publisher: Currey 2008
ISBN: 9780801474927
The Order of Genocide : Race, Power, and War in Rwanda, Author: Scott Straus., Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr 1. pbk. pr 2006
ISBN: 0521671949
African politics in comparative perspective, Author: Goran Hyden., Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press Reprinted. 2006
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780521738262
Party politics and economic reform in Africa's democracies, Author: by M. Anne Pitcher., Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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