The course introduces students to the confluence of political and economic forces at the local, national, regional and global levels that have helped shape the trajectory of African development. The course is divided into two parts: the first examines the meaning and evolution of the political economy of development in the context of Africa’s unfolding history, while the second applies an understanding of political economy to topical development issues and case studies. Part one will incorporate the following: i. Introduction to political economy and alternative perspectives on development ii. Analysis of the historical legacy of pre-colonial and colonial periods and their influence on development in post-colonial Africa iii. Examination of early-independence politics and economics, focusing on the state formation and the developmental impact of adopted economic strategies iv. Critique of neoliberalism in Africa, analyzing the political economy of its formation, its evolution and its impact on the continent particularly on agriculture. Using the above historical and methodological background, Part Two will examine a number of development related topics, including: i. Conflict ii. Health iii. International Aid (including debt and debt-relief) iv. Africa and the global economy. We will conclude by critically examining future prospects for African development by evaluating four case studies, from: Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia and Rwanda.
Attendance and Participation - 10% Short Paper (Part I), due October 24, 2013 - 25% Short Paper (Part II), due December 5, 2013 - 25% Essay final, TBA - 40%
This course is geared towards students who have interests in politics, economics, and development in Africa. The course fulfills the 200-level area course requirement for DAAS concentrators and minors.
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