AAS 356 - Democracy and Development in Africa
Fall 2022, 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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This course uses cross-national comparisons, case studies, and surveys to explore the operation of democratic institutions in Africa; the features of party systems; the causes of election related violence; and public opinion. It also examines cases of democratic erosion and the durability of authoritarian regimes across the continent. Finally, the course analyzes Africa's contemporary political economy by debating the growth of the middle class, the drivers of urbanization, and Chinese investment. Selected case studies will focus on South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, and other countries. Throughout the course, we shall consider historical continuities as well as the discontinuities brought by contemporary political, social, and economic change.

This course is in the Comparative Politics subfield.

Course Requirements:

The assessment for the course is based on: one map quiz (4%), one midterm (25%), one comparative, analytical paper (25%), a cumulative final, all essay exam (30%); attendance, participation, presentations, and occasional quizzes or response papers in discussion (8%) and class (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.


AAS 356 - Democracy and Development in Africa
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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