POL S 477 A: African Politcal Development

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
Location: 
PAR 213
SLN: 
19472
Instructor:
James D. Long

Syllabus Description:

Course Description:

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.

 

Required Texts:

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.

Course Requirements:

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.

Course Evaluation:

Participation: 25%

Paper 1: 25%

Paper 2: 25%

Paper 3: 25%

There is no final exam for the course.

Catalog Description: 
Topics in contemporary African politics related to 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; gender and ethnicity; and corruption and terrorism. Prerequisite: POL S 204.
Department Requirements: 
Comparative Politics Field
Political Economy Option
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Writing (W)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
November 14, 2017 - 9:26pm