This course will cover topics in contemporary African politics as they relate to the development of the African state in comparative perspective, including state formation; nationalism and the struggle for independence; civil wars, genocide, and under-development; democratic transition, elections, and voting; economic growth; film and literature; and gender and ethnicity.
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart
Chimamanda Adichie, Purple Hibiscus
Chinelo Okparanta, Under the Udala Trees
Both books are available at the UW Bookstore. There should also be new and used versions available for purchase online at sellers like Amazon, however please note delivery times and when the texts are due. All other readings will be provided by Professor Long and available on Canvas under the “Files” tab, in order by class.
As an upper-division seminar, this course will require extensive reading, writing, and in-class discussion. Professor Long will run and manage the course at a level close to that of a graduate seminar. Students will be required to have completed all readings by the date for which they are listed on the syllabus, and come to class ready to discuss.
Paper 1: 25%
Paper 2: 25%
Paper 3: 25%
There is no final exam for the course.