AAS 103 - First Year Social Science Seminar
Section: 001 Reading Africa: Critical Perspectives on Popular Development Books
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
Other Course Info:
(Cross-Area Courses). May not be included in a major.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

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
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9781783601325
Africa: Why Economists Get it Wrong, Author: Morten Jerven, Publisher: Zed PB 2015
ISBN: 9780374532123
Dead aid : why aid is not working and how there is a better way for Africa, Author: Dambisa Moyo., Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux 1st Americ 2010
ISBN: 9780143036586
The end of poverty : economic possibilities for our time, Author: Jeffrey D. Sachs., Publisher: Penguin Books 2005 Softc 2006
ISBN: 9780143038825
The white man's burden why the West's efforts to aid the rest have done so much ill and so little good, Author: William Easterly, Publisher: Penguin Press annotated 2006
ISBN: 9781588268471
Understanding contemporary Africa, Author: edited by April A. Gordon, Donald L. Gordon., Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers 5th ed. 2013
ISBN: 9781250063717
The Next Africa An Emerging Continent Becomes a Global Powerhouse, Author: Jake Bright and Aubrey Hruby, Publisher: St. Martin's Press 2015
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