Welcome to  Government 324, Africa in World Politics!

T/Th, 1:20 – 2:40 pm, Fisk 122

Course Overview

How do Africans—and in particular, African political actors—interact with each other and the rest of the world? What are some of the key global challenges faced by African countries? This course examines Africa’s role in world politics beginning with the continent’s first modern contacts with Europeans and subsequent colonization. The dominant focus, however, will be on contemporary patterns of global politics, considering how African political actors relate to each other and to the rest of the world–especially China, Europe, and the United States.

By the end of this course…

  • You will understand and be able to evaluate the impact of the rest of the world on Africa as well as Africa’s impact on the rest of the world
  • You will consider Africa’s roles in world politics both from the perspectives of outside actors—such as the United States—and from a variety of African perspectives
  • You will be able to think and argue critically about issues in the world politics of Africa and convey your thoughts in written form.  The skills we stress in this class—critical thinking, analytical reading, and writing—will be important no matter what you do

Prerequisites: None. Government 155 is recommended, but not required.

Concentrations: This course counts for both the International Relations and the Comparative Politics Concentrations for the Government Major.

Part of the African Studies Cluster.

Part of the International Relations Certificate (both “Global Systems” and “Area Studies”; fulfills “less developed country” requirement).

Contact Information

Asst. Professor Mike Nelson
Public Affairs Center 417
mbnelson – at – wesleyan.edu

Office Hours

Tuesdays, 10 – 11:30 am @ 417 PAC


Not enrolled, but want to get in this course? Please follow the instructions on the linked form below and return the form to me by email.

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