Political Science | African Politics
Y338 | 3942 | Lambright


This course serves as an introduction to the politics of sub-Saharan
Africa.  We will examine the historical context of contemporary
African politics, focusing on traditional political systems, the
legacy of colonialism, and the politics of the independence period.
We will then turn to political development and institution building
in the contemporary period, exploring the political relevance of
class, religion, and ethnicity, the political impact of Africa’s
economic crisis, and the experiences of African countries with the
wave of democratization in the 1990s.  Course evaluation will be
based on quizzes, midterm and final exams, a term paper, and class
participation.