04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W
Buchanan Hall (formerly Mason Hall) D001
Section Information for Spring 2016
This seminar course will examine European colonization of North and Sub-Saharan Africa within the context of the world system from the 15th to the 20th centuries, and its impact on pre-colonial modes of governance and economic systems. It will then assess colonization’s political, administrative, and socio-economic legacies, covering successful and unsuccessful attempts at building nation states and viable economies in the post-independence era. It will review economic development strategies in the aftermath of independence and their outcomes, and evaluate the impacts of globalization since the early 1980s in terms of social and economic changes, gains, and adverse consequences, including African conflicts and social unrest as in the case of the Arab Spring in North Africa. Finally, as Africa’s population is expected to double in the next 35 years, the course will examine the reasons for such demographic explosion and its consequences, including in terms of migration. It will introduce and discuss the various assessments made regarding the needs in infrastructure, education and health care, food production and wealth creation, to match population growth, as well as related strategies and policies.
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