AAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
Winter 2017, Section 004 - When China Comes to Town: Environment and the Politics of Development in Africa
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Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
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In recent years, the increasing influence of China in contemporary global political economy has been overwhelming. In the case of Africa, commentaries on China’s activities have reflected three positions that can be summed up as pessimism, cautious optimism, and optimism. Yet the very existence of these positions challenges scholars to rethink the limitations of development in Africa as a paradigm for progress. China’s engagement with Africa’s resource-rich countries such as Angola, Sudan and Nigeria differs from its relationship with non-resource economies such as Senegal and Guinea.. In addition, many Western observers perceive China as a “threat” to the interest of Western economies in sub-Saharan Africa. While both Chinese and Western engagement with Africa is often couched in the language of “development”, China’s engagement has also been categorised by Western observers as heralding a new scramble for Africa because of China’s interest in the exploitation of Africa’s abundance natural resources. While China and western engagements with Africa are often couched in the language of ‘development’, concerns about the impact of such engagement on the environment often take the back seat. Therefore, this course will address post-colonial African states as a historically unique social form that presents special challenges for the socioeconomic and political analysis of environment and development. The course will focus on the growing interest of emerging world economic powers such as China in Africa’s natural resources. While the literature on development is diverse; contemporary debate on development is shaped by the neo-liberal practice of development anchored on the notion of “free market” and those opposed to it as a marker of development for post-colonial states. The role of environment in shaping development, when seen as part of the debate, is often couched in the language of environmental rights or environmental justice as interrelated categories.

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AAS 458 - Issues in Black World Studies
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004 (SEM)
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27670
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005 (SEM)
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
007 (SEM)
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28012
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
008 (SEM)
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21314
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Note: Class meets in USB room 2260
009 (SEM)
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35350
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
012 (SEM)
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27672
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W 2:30PM - 5:30PM
013 (SEM)
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28714
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