CPO 6206: Politics of Africa
Course Description for Politics of Africa
Politics of Africa
This course is concerned with the government, politics, and society of countries in Africa. These topics will be explored by examining their transition from traditional Africa to colonial Africa to independent states. In addition, the course will demonstrate how systems imposed by former European colonial powers influenced the design and implementation of African institutions. Special emphasis will be placed on politics above and below the state, including local governance, non-governmental organizations, and civil society. The preceding will help frame contemporary politics in Africa, which features ethnic conflicts, military interventions, social disequilibria, and unique forms of democratic governance.