AAS 359 - African Politics
Fall 2016, Section 001
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Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 200.
May not be repeated for credit.
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In the last thirty years, transformative as well as disruptive processes of democratization and economic reform have occurred in many African countries from South Africa to Senegal. The course will examine the construction of democratic institutions, the causes of conflict, the durability of authoritarianism and the contemporary political economy of Africa. It also will explore the growth of the private sector, the drivers of urbanization, and the relationships that other countries such as China and Brazil have with African countries. Selected case studies will focus on South Africa, Angola, Ghana, Kenya 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. Course readings will mostly include scholarly articles but students will also look for and present information about political campaign ads, facebook pages, and websites from African countries found on the internet.

Course Requirements:

The assessment for the course is based on: one map quiz; a mid-term; a take home, final essay exam; an analytical paper; and active class participation.

Intended Audience:

Students who like thinking about politics, power, parties, and voters; students who are curious about politics in contemporary Africa.

Class Format:

Every class will combine lecture and discussion. Small, fun, group assignments in class are common so keeping up with the reading is recommended.


AAS 359 - African Politics
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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