AAS 260 - The Political Economy of African Development
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

The course introduces students to the confluence of political and economic forces at the local, national, regional and global levels that have helped shape the trajectory of African development. The course is divided into two parts: the first examines the meaning and evolution of the political economy of development in the context of Africa’s unfolding history, while the second applies an understanding of political economy to topical development issues and case studies. Part one will incorporate the following: i. Introduction to political economy and alternative perspectives on development ii. Analysis of the historical legacy of pre-colonial and colonial periods and their influence on development in post-colonial Africa iii. Examination of early-independence politics and economics, focusing on the state formation and the developmental impact of adopted economic strategies iv. Critique of neoliberalism in Africa, analyzing the political economy of its formation, its evolution and its impact on the continent particularly on agriculture. Using the above historical and methodological background, Part Two will examine a number of development related topics, including: i. Conflict ii. Health iii. International Aid (including debt and debt-relief) iv. Africa and the global economy. We will conclude by critically examining future prospects for African development by evaluating four case studies, from: Tanzania, Ghana, Ethiopia and Rwanda.

Course Requirements:

Attendance and Participation - 10% Short Paper (Part I), due October 24, 2013 - 25% Short Paper (Part II), due December 5, 2013 - 25% Essay final, TBA - 40%

Intended Audience:

This course is geared towards students who have interests in politics, economics, and development in Africa. The course fulfills the 200-level area course requirement for DAAS concentrators and minors.

Class Format:

Discussion and lecture

AAS 260 - The Political Economy of African Development
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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ISBN: 9781780324210
Business, Politics and the State in Africa, Author: Tim Kelsall, Publisher: Zed Press PAPERBCK 2013
ISBN: 9781626375765
The Making of Contemporary Africa: The Development of African Society Since 1800, Author: Freund, Bill, Publisher: Lynne Reinner 3RD EDITIO 2016
ISBN: 9781626377240
African Development: Making Sense of the Issues and Actors, 3rd edition, Author: Todd J. Moss and Danielle Resnick, Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers PB 2018
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