AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Section: 003 States, Markets and Global Change in Africa
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Lab Fee:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). (Capstone Course).
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

Do states in Africa intervene in the economy too much as many neoliberals claim or should they intervene more as many supporters of development argue? Does business have too much power in Africa or have the critics of “big business” and transnational corporations been too alarmist? Is the role of national government diminishing with greater global integration? This course discusses ancient and contemporary controversies regarding the relationship between governments and markets. Across Africa, it will evaluate different kinds of state intervention into the economy — from policies on affordable housing to state financing of shopping malls and office complexes. It will also explore public-private partnerships to provide electricity and water. At the same time, it will examine the growth of the private sector in selected African countries such as South Africa, Ghana, and Angola. It will explore several city building projects as well as investments into biofuels and mining. Through comparative study of investors in different settings, the course will determine whether the interests and loyalties of large companies are national or global and how increasing globalization is affecting the scope and influence of domestic governments.

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AAS 495 - Senior Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
003 (SEM)
Wolv. Access
M 2:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780199560516
Neoliberalism : a very short introduction, Author: Manfred B. Steger and Ravi K. Roy., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2010
ISBN: 0374139563
Dead aid : why aid is not working and how there is a better way for Africa, Author: Moyo, Dambisa., Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780521154253
Security beyond the state : private security in international politics, Author: Rita Abrahamsen, Michael C. Williams., Publisher: Cambridge University Press 2010
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