GOVT 3353

GOVT 3353

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

This is an introductory course on the politics of Sub-Saharan Africa.  The goal is to provide students with historical background and theoretical tools to understand present-day politics on the continent.  The first part of the course will survey African political history, touching on: pre-colonial political structures, colonial experiences and legacies, nationalism and independence movements, post-independence optimism and state-building, the authoritarian turn, economic crises, and recent political and economic liberalizations.  The second part of the course will examine some contemporary political and economic issues.  These include: the effects of political and social identities in Africa (ethnicity, social ties, class, citizenship); the politics of poverty, war, and dysfunction; Africa in the international system; and current attempts to strengthen democracy and rule of law on the continent.

When Offered Fall.

Breadth Requirement (GB)
Distribution Category (SBA-AS)
Course Subfield (CP)

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Syllabi: none
  •   Choose one lecture and one discussion.

  • 4 Credits Graded

  • 16696GOVT 3353  LEC 001

  • 16803GOVT 3353  DIS 201

  • 16804GOVT 3353  DIS 202