AAS 453 - Culture, Class, and Conflict in Southern Africa
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 200.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In 1994, observers proclaimed the end of apartheid in South Africa a "miracle" and applauded the creation of a vibrant, inclusive democracy. Nearly a quarter of a century later, vast economic inequalities remain, unemployment has worsened, corruption is rife, and voters are abandoning the ruling African National Congress. Why have social inequities and economic disparities persisted? How are South African citizens navigating hardship? How do they express their discontent? Is democracy in danger in South Africa? This course explores the institutionalization of racist and segregationist legislation under apartheid, as well as the protests and resistance that followed from such acts. It will investigate the legacy of apartheid and the resulting spatial compartmentalization of housing, neighborhoods, schools, clinics, and social life in South Africa. The course will also cover successive democratic elections since 1994 and discuss the contemporary challenges posed by the lack of jobs, housing, and other goods; the ANC as a dominant party; persistent educational inequities; and the strains of urbanization and immigration. Finally, we will examine the expression of hope and resistance in popular culture, from radio programs and blogs to student demonstrations. Where appropriate, we will draw on theoretical and empirical research in comparative politics to situate the South African experience in relation to other countries that have had a history of segregation and/or have undergone transitions to democracy.

AAS 453 - Culture, Class, and Conflict in Southern Africa
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
32528
Open
25
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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