PSC/IR 260 Contemporary African Politics

Political Science Field: Comparative Politics
International Relations Track: Governance of Nations (C)
Typically offered every year

Robin Harding
Fall 2014 ("W" Optional) — TR 11:05-12:20

This course provides an introduction to the major issues in contemporary African politics. The questions we will consider include: What are the legacies of slavery and colonialism? What accounts for the variation in political institutions across Africa? Why have so many African countries experienced political violence? And, how do political institutions influence development in Africa? We will do so by examining individual countries, as well as evidence from broad cross-national studies.

Robin Harding
Spring 2014 ("W" Optional) — TR 11:05-12:20

Course Syllabus

This course provides an introduction to the major issues in contemporary African politics. The questions we will consider include: What are the legacies of slavery and colonialism? What accounts for the variation in political institutions across Africa? Why have so many African countries experienced political violence? And, how do political institutions influence development in Africa? We will do so by examining individual countries, as well as evidence from broad cross-national studies.