Course Description for Politics and Society in Subsaharan Africa
Politics and Society in Subsaharan Africa
This course is concerned with the government, politics, and society of sub-Saharan Africa. These political systems will be traced back to their roots in traditional Africa, to colonial Africa, and to particular patterns of administration and politics based on the systems imposed by former European colonial powers. The course will also show how many customary laws and practices found expression in the political and legal structures of the new polities. Since post-independence years, politics in sub-Sahara Africa is still characterized by ethnic conflicts, military interventions, and social disequilibria, as well as by democratic governments.