INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE

SISU-471
Topics in Africa (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics focusing on Africa. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-211.

SISU-471
001
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Africa (3)

International Relations of Africa

This course provides an in-depth overview of the historical and contemporary interstate relations in Africa and situates Africa within world affairs. Political independence by the various African states launched into international politics a group of the world's poorest, weakest, and most artificial states. How have such states managed to survive and to what extent is their survival now threatened? This course comprehensively treats the interplay between domestic and international politics while also analyzing the efforts by African states to manage their external relations amid seismic shifts in the internal, regional, and global environments. The class also identifies patterns of change, examines constraints, and gives careful attention to some of the processes that influence policy outcomes. Meets with SIS-676 003.

SISU-471
002
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Africa (3)

Peacebuilding in Africa

This course examines problems of peace and security in Africa in the post-independence period, focusing on the past 15 years. It analyzes cases from different subregions of the continent, including Liberia, Sudan, and the Congo, and assesses the efforts of regional institutions, the United Nations and outside powers to find peaceful solutions. Meets with SIS-619 011.

SISU-471
003
INT'L SERVICE UNDERGRADUATE
SPRING 2014

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Africa (3)

African Political Institutions

This course introduces students to the themes, debates, and basic techniques of comparative institutional analysis. It examines classic readings on presidentialism/parliamentarism, party systems, electoral systems, and constitutional design alongside new research that applies institutional models to Africa. The course culminates in an empirical investigation of the relationship between particular institutional combinations and outcomes such as better representation, less corruption, or improved macroeconomic performance. Meets with SIS-676 001.