AAS 359 - African Politics
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 200.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Some countries in Africa have undergone transformative processes of political and economic reform in the last thirty years, whereas others have endured relentless cycles of violence or been subject to the repressive policies of entrenched, illiberal elites. Relying on case studies as well as cross-national comparisons, the course explores the durability of authoritarian regimes, the construction of democratic institutions, the causes of conflict, and the contemporary political economy of Africa. The course also analyzes the growth of the private sector, the drivers of urbanization, and the relationships that other countries such as China, India and the US have with African countries. Selected case studies will focus on South Africa, Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, and other countries 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.

Course Requirements:

The assessment for the course is based on: one map quiz; a mid-term; a take home, final essay exam; an analytical paper; and active class participation.

Intended Audience:

Students who like thinking about politics, power, parties, and voters; students who are curious about politics in contemporary Africa.

Class Format:

Every class will combine lecture and discussion. Small, fun, group assignments in class are common so keeping up with the reading is recommended.

AAS 359 - African Politics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
25721
Open
5
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521138420
Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures and the Struggle for Political Reform, Author: Nic Cheeseman, Publisher: Cambridge University Press FIRST 2015
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