Political Science | African Politics
Y338 | 3459 | Poteete


This course offers a survey of major themes in the study of politics
in Africa, including colonial heritages, the nature of the state and
civil society, the political significance of ethnicity, various
issues related to forms of governance, and the ability of governments
to choose and achieve policy goals. Within the context of governance,
we will discuss problems associated with coups, instances of state
collapse, and the prospects for democratization. Students will be
urged to consider how the cultural, historical, and international
contexts affect politics in Africa, as well as the similarities (and
differences) between African and other developing countries.