AAS 103 - First Year Social Science Seminar
Fall 2018, Section 001 - Reading Africa: Critical Perspectives on Popular Development Books
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
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(Cross-Area Courses). May not be included in a major.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In recent years the news coverage of Africa has often focused on a continent replete with disease, poverty and conflict. Partly in response, interest in Africa among the general public has proliferated. To meet the growing curiosity there has been a surge of popular volumes claiming to provide an accurate diagnosis of the source of the African malaise including blaming the problem on the international aid community and associated policy strategies. More recently there have been new books claiming the opposite, that all is well and the continent is becoming a global powerhouse. The class will focus on a critical reading of a selection of these books aimed at a better understanding of the dynamics of African development particularly in comparison to the experiences in other regions. The course will consist of background lectures, viewing films and a detailed discussion of the arguments presented by the authors of the books.

Course Requirements:

Grades are based on take-home examinations and a term paper.

Class Format:

The course combines lectures and discussions with film and visual representations.


AAS 103 - First Year Social Science Seminar
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM

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