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If you pick up almost any newspaper looking for information about Africa, you will likely encounter stories about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Malawi, riots in Tunisia, famine in Ethiopia, or environmental disaster in the Niger Delta—problems that journalists often link to dysfunctional government. Based on such accounts, you might consider Africa to be a pretty bleak place! However, these events highlight only one side of politics in Sub-Saharan Africa. While some African countries face great st...

Topics: Economics
Cost: Free

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If you pick up almost any newspaper looking for information about Africa, you will likely encounter stories about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Malawi, riots in Tunisia, famine in Ethiopia, or environmental disaster in the Niger Delta—problems that journalists often link to dysfunctional government. Based on such accounts, you might consider Africa to be a pretty bleak place! However, these events highlight only one side of politics in Sub-Saharan Africa. While some African countries face great struggles, others offer great hope.This course provides an overview of African politics in historical context, synthesizing material from traditional comparative politics and area studies courses that examine democratization, economic development, and identity politics. This course also examines Africa’s position in a broader international framework by addressing conflict, political economy, and the processes of state division and integration.Seven units organize this course. We have organized the beginning of this course (Units 1 and 2) historically with Unit 1 focusing on colonization. Unit 2 reviews political development patterns in the post-colonial age, including the upheavals that led to an epidemic of weak and failed states. Subsequent units take a more focused look at various dimensions of African society, politics, economics, and international relations. The course concludes with an exploration of continent-wide challenges and the potential for an “African Renaissance.”

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  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: All Levels
  • Size: One-on-One
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: Saylor
  • Topics: Economics

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About Saylor: The mission of the Saylor Foundation is to make education freely available to all. Guided by the belief that technology has the potential to circumvent barriers that prevent many individuals from participating in traditional schooling models, the Foundation is committed to developing and advancing inventive and effective ways of harnessing technology in order to drive the cost of education down to zero

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