POLSCI 355 - Democracy and Development in Africa
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
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

POLSCI 355 - Democracy and Development in Africa
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
W 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
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ISBN: 9780521138420
Democracy in Africa: Successes, Failures and the Struggle for Political Reform, Author: Nic Cheeseman, Publisher: Cambridge University Press FIRST 2015
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