NS4311 Contemporary Issues in African Politics

This course will survey the major issues confronting African states today: the HIV/Aids epidemic, endemic civil wars, dimensions of ethnicity and ethnic conflict, issues of democratization and authoritarian rule, the nature of states and the phenomenon of state collapse, and patterns of trade and economic development. The focus will cover the entire sub-Saharan region, while utilizing country case studies to elaborate each of the main issue areas. Designed as an upper-level seminar, the course will focus on discussion and debate of weekly reading assignments. Prior coursework in African Politics is desired, but not required. Prerequisites: None.

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