POLS 4402 – AFRICAN POLITICS – Section W1


Course Description –
POLS 4402 African Politics 3 Credits

Students examine and compare the political systems of selected of African nations. The similarities and differences in the historical, political, economic and social characteristics of political regimes are analyzed.

Pre-requisite –

  • POLS 1101

Required Course Resources –
AFRICAN POLITICS IN COMPARATIVE PERSPECTIVE
Goran Hyden
Cambridge University Press, 32 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013
978-1-107-65141-8

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anchor Books, A Random House, Inc., New York
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9520-9

BBC WORLD’S SERVICES:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/index.shtml

Course Learning Objectives –

  1. Understand what is known about Africa after 50 years of research.
  2. Understand how this information fits into the discipline of political science.
  3. Understand the practical implications of this knowledge for Africa’s development process.
  4. Understand and compare basic data and politics on the continent and its sub-regions to other parts of the world.
  5. Analyze and discuss key issues relating to the impact of politics on the development of the continent.
  6. Identify and explain some of the major social, cultural, and economic challenges faced by Africa and the role of the international community in addressing such challenges.

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