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GOVERNMENT

GOVT-325
Minority Politics in the United States (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. How various minority groups have shaped the American political system, and how American political structures have affected their involvement in the political process at the local, state, and national levels. Usually offered every spring. Prerequisite: sophomore standing, and minimum 2.5 GPA.

GOVT-325
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GOVERNMENT
SPRING 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

Minority Politics in the United States (3)

Racial, Religious, and Ethnic Groups

This course explores the political development of African states south of the Sahara Desert. It begins by looking at the polities of the traditional societies in tropical Africa. This is followed by a focus on the colonization of African by European nations in the late-1800s, and how the 1919 Treaty of Versailles changed the colonial structure of Africa. The latter part of the semester involves an examination of the decolonization struggles, the development of independent states, the era of kleptocratic regimes, and the wave of democratization that began in the 1990s.