AAS 356 - Democracy and Development in Africa
Fall 2018, Section 001
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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May not be repeated for credit.
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Some countries in Africa have established fairly robust democracies over the last several decades, 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 between African countries or that countries such as China or the US have with Africa. 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.

This course is in the Comparative Politics subfield.

Course Requirements:

The assessment for the course is based on: one map quiz (5%), one midterm (25%), one comparative, analytical paper (25%), a final, all essay exam (30%), section participation (7%) and class participation and attendance (8%).

Intended Audience:

Primarily Juniors. Poli sci or AAS majors, other social science majors who are interested in Africa or developing regions. Students who have already completed AAS 359 will not be eligible to enroll in this course.

Class Format:

Lecture and discussion


AAS 356 - Democracy and Development in Africa
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001 (LEC)
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002 (DIS)
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003 (DIS)
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