AAS 356 - Democracy and Development in Africa
Fall 2021, 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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Countries in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa vary greatly in their quality of democracy, the strength of the state, and levels of economic development. This course investigates the deep historical and more contemporary explanations for these diverse political and economic outcomes, through case studies of political development in particular countries, analyses of broader patterns for the continent as a whole, and consideration of Africa in the context of the broader developing world. The course will draw on works by political scientists, anthropologists, historians, economists, and journalists. Group discussions will be part of the course.

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
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
Th 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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