Schedule

September
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8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30
October
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1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Br ea k 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31

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November
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3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 29 30
December
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31

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General Directions

1. This course will use the following books, available for purchase in the student bookstore:

  • Gordon = Gordon, April A. and Donald L. Gordon (eds.), 2012 Fifth Edition. Get this NEW Edition! Understanding Contemporary Africa.
  • M Wrong, I Didn’t Do It For You

2. All other texts are available via hyperlink. Please note that many, if not all, are only available to students via login.

3. This is a reading-intensive course. All readings should be read in the order presented. That is also their order of priority.

4. This schedule is subject to change.

5. Please upload all assignments, except blog posts, to Turnitin.com (instructions to follow).

I recommend you keep up with African news and scholarship. Some great sources include: The Economist, BBC News Online, The Financial Times, Reuters (has a great Africa website)

Academic: Journal of Modern African Studies

Think Tanks: Center for Global Development Working Papers

Blogs:

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Class 1

Introduction to Africa, Locating Africa in World Politics.

Is Africa different from the rest of the world? What are some of the challenges Africa poses to international relations scholars?

Course Activities: Introductions

Readings:

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Class 2

Africa’ Pre-Colonial International Relations.

Were there international relations between African polities prior to the colonial period? With the rest of the world?

Course Activities: (1) Sign-up for blog responsibilities; (2) Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Methods Reading (Strongly Recommended):

  • User’s Guide to Political Science. “Statistics.” The section on reading regression results may be helpful in interpreting the Gennaioli and Englebert readings.

Recommended:

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Class 3

Africa’s Colonial Period

Does Africa’s colonial heritage shape its international relations today? What was the nature of the colonial period? How did African colonies relate to each other and the rest of the world? How did their relationships with colonial masters affect their foreign policies after independence?

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

Methods Reading:

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Class 4

Eritrea and the colonial period; African Independence

What is the significance of African interdependence for its international relations? For the international community more generally?

* Journal 1. Compare the impacts of pre-colonial and colonial legacies for your country’s politics and foreign relations with those of Eritrea. Remember that you can react as well to the readings relevant to this topic and use other countries’ experiences as a point of comparison.

Course Activities:Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

      • Wrong. Read Foreword and Chapters 1 – 12.

Recommended:

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Class 5

Finishing the path to Eritrean Independence

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 6

Neo-patrimonialism & the African State

DUE TODAY: Research description

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.
Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 7

Catch-up!

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Class 8

The African State System & African Foreign Policy-Making

How do African States develop their foreign policies? What are some of the factors that African states take into account in their foreign policy decision-making?

* Journal 2. Describe the current political institutions and political culture of your country. Is there evidence of neo-patrimonialism? How might the political institutions and political culture affect your country’s foreign policy and international relations? Remember that you can react as well to the readings relevant to this topic and use other countries’ experiences as a point of comparison

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Read ONE of the following:

Recommended:

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Class 9

African International Relations: The case of South Africa

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 10

The United States and Africa

* Journal 3. Discuss United States relations with your country.

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 11

Catch-up Day. Keep reading items from the previous day!

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Class 12

Africa in the Global Economy

Is Africa peripheral to the global economy? What does that mean? Why is most of Africa poor?

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

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Class 13

Africa in Global Governance

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 14

Foreign Aid

* Journal 4. Does your country receive foreign aid? From whom? Relate your country’s experiences with economic development to our readings on foreign aid. Remember that you can react as well to the readings relevant to this topic and use other countries’ experiences as a point of comparison.

Is foreign aid a good thing for Africa?

Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 15

More Foreign Aid

 

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Class 16

Resource Politics

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 17

Conflicts and Conflict Management (I): DRC

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion.

* Journal 5. Discuss and analyze any violent conflicts involving your country (civil or interstate). Consider also the roles played by regional and international actors. Remember that you can react as well to the readings relevant to this topic and use other countries’ experiences as a point of comparison.

Readings:

Highly Recommended:

Recommended:

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Class 18

DUE TODAY: Group Draft Outline

Conflicts and Conflict Management: Congo (II)

+ The ICC and Africa

Readings:

Highly Recommended:

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Class 19

Europe and Africa

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 20

China, the Global South, and Africa

* Journal 6. Which foreign countries matter most to your country? How and why? Compare your country’s foreign relations with at least three countries, including China. Remember that you can react as well to the readings relevant to this topic and use other countries’ experiences as a point of comparison.

Readings:

Recommended

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Class 21

More: The World and Africa; Peer Editing

DUE TODAY: Rough Draft. Email copy to professor prior to class and bring 1 copy to class for peer editing..

Readings:

Recommended:

“User’s Guide to Political Science: Writing”

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Class 22

Due Today: Group Rough Draft

The AIDS Crisis

Where is the AIDS crisis a crisis in Africa? What roles do external players play in the AIDS crisis?

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 23, Nov 21

Class Research Presentations

Instructions for Panel Presentations. Presentations should last 25 minutes. There will then be 15 minutes of time for Q&A. Presentations should stress the overarching themes you all find in your work. The point is to view this as a workshop and an opportunity to get feedback from your colleagues. You should then be able to incorporate some of that feedback into the final drafts.

Course Activities: Presentations

“Government Group”: Olayinka, Zach and Justin

“Conflict Group”: Oluwaremilekun, Marlen, Saahil

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Class 24, Nov 26

Class Research Presentations

Course Activities: Presentations

“Resource Politics”: Grady, Jasmine, Brianna

“Development”: Huyen, Aidan, Demi

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Class 25

The Environment: Water

Course Activities: Lecture/Discussion

Readings:

Recommended:

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Class 26

LAST DAY OF CLASS → Future Directions for Africa

* Journal 7. Based on what you have discovered this term, how would you advise your country’s leaders in their engagement with the world?

Part 1: Finish presentations, if necessary.
Part 2: What have we learned? What are some of the likely future scenarios for political relationships within Africa and between Africa and the rest of the world?

Readings:

      • Gordon. Chapter 13, “Trends and Prospects”
      • Hyden, Goran. 2006. “Chapter 12: Quo Vadis Africa” in African Politics in Comparative Perspective (New York: Cambridge University Press).

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end of classes
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no final exam
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final research projects due Thursday, December 12 @ 5 pm

email entire group project to professor as a single file
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individual assessment of group project due December 13d @ 5pm

email to professor.