The continent of Africa has heterogeneous political structures and systems. The practice of politics on the continent is similar to the practice of politics in other parts of the world; i.e. African politics revolves around “power, ideas, resource distribution and conflict resolution as well as the government that oversees these processes.” Thus, understanding African politics is tantamount to understanding how Africans experience and live politics in their daily existence. This course exposes students to various concepts and political events as they evolve on the continent. Given the complexity, breadth and depth of the subject matter, the course is divided into four broad themes: Modern Africa, Democracy and Governance, Civil Wars and African International Relations.
Africa is the oldest and second largest continent in the world; it served as home of the first human species on earth. This course introduces students to the history of Africa and its peoples, its activities, and traditions from the ancient period through the post-independence period. For purposes of organization, the course explores: Classical Africa (Antiquity until 1500) , 1500 – 1885 (Enslavement until 1885), The Era of European Colonialism in Africa (1885 until Independence 1950’s), The Era of African Independence and Neo- Colonialism ( the 1950’s until the present). The aim is to critically analyze Africa throughout these historical periods and to examine the continents enduring contributions to the world.