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    Massachusetts College of Art and Design
   
 
  Jan 23, 2018
 
 
    
Academic Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

LASS217 Sub-Saharan African Politics 3 cr.


Sub-Saharan African Politics is an open window on African countries’ politics since the independences, i.e. the 60s. It provides students with details on African political institutions and governance. It considers African countries in general, but concentrates much more on: Angola, Congo, Gabon, Central Africa Republic, Botswana, Burundi, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo as cases covering the sub region. It depicts these countries’ political management, nation building process, cooperation, health care, and education projects. The course surveys Africa from the pre-colonial empires to republics, and depicts power structures and social limitations. A number of countries are presented in their evolution from the early 60s in order to show their political situation and changes often related to the international balance of power between the West and the East. The Cold War had a serious impact on African politics, its end inaugurated the era of African Democracies still submitted to a new kind of western presence. At the same time, Asia implements its presence in Africa and challenges the western world.

Prerequisites: LALW100; FRSM100

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