GOVERNMENT

GOVT-433
Topics in Sub-Saharan African Politics (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics course examine the political development of African states south of the Sahara Desert and the nature of politics in Sub-Saharan Africa generally and by country. Usually offered alternate falls. Prerequisite: minimum 2.5 GPA.

GOVT-433
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GOVERNMENT
FALL 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Sub-Saharan African Politics (3)

Political History from Pre-Colonialism to the Present

Examines the political development of African states south of the Sahara Desert. The course starts with a look at the polity of the traditional societies in tropical Africa. It also covers the Berlin Conference of 1884, the "Scramble for Africa" by European nations, and the impact of the Versailles Treaty and how it changed the colonial structure of Africa. The course also examines the decolonization struggles, the leaders of the newly independent states, the era of kleptocratic regimes, and the current wave of democratization that is engulfing the continent of Africa.