POLS 142


African Politics



Most people only know Africa through the western media which glorifies and suggests that sub-Sharan African can be defined by its problems such as disease, civil wars, and poverty. Although poverty, violence, and disease do exist in Africa, Africa does not possess a monopoly of these negative attributes; there is much move to Africa and its people than the headlines suggest. Most of the problems of the African states can be linked to nation building. Imagine the first forty years after the American Revolution or the first decade after the French Revolution most students of politics would agree that these countries also had a very difficult time. Hence, it is important to note that African countries have been in the main independence less than forty years. This course will provide basic concepts, theoretical perspectives, and essential information necessary for understanding the dynamic politics and social evolution of contemporary African states.


Upper division standing or instructor consent




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