Spring 2021 not offered
|Course Cluster and Certificates: African Studies, African Studies Minor|
This course introduces students to contemporary African politics from the colonial period to the present. We analyze independence movements, the rise of authoritarianism, the challenges of economic development, violent conflict, and processes of democratization and nation-building that have shaped the lives of people across the continent. The course also examines persistent themes and theoretical debates including the role of ethnicity and gender, foreign aid, and new forms of protest politics in the social media age. By combining historical and thematic materials, students learn how varied country histories help explain current political institutions, levels of stability and economic opportunity, and modes of social and political participation.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFST-MN)(CGST-MN)(GOVT)(GOVT-Comparativ)
Munk, Nina. 2013. The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and The Quest to End Poverty. Anchor Books. ISBN: 076792942X
Gabriella Ghermandi, Queen of Flowers and Pearls. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Olopade, Dayo. 2014. The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules & Making Change in Modern Africa. Boston: Mariner Books. ISBN: 0544483995
Young, Crawford. 2012. The Postcolonial State in Africa: Fifty Years of Independence, 1960-2010. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press. ISBN: 0299291448
Other Readings available on Moodle
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Map quiz, 3 short essays, midterm exam, final exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This course will be taught by a full-time visiting professor, Kathleen F. Klaus. More information about Professor Klaus is available at https://www.kathleenklaus.com.
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