Summer 2019 - POL 374 D100

Africa in the Global Political Economy (4)

Class Number: 4595

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3533, Burnaby

    Th 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    WMC 3253, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    Six lower division units in political science or permission of the department.



Considers Africa in the historical development of the modern global political economy, from the transatlantic slave trade to the present. Examines contemporary issues associated with Africa in the neo-liberal world order and the politics of resistance and alternative pathways or models of development.


This course introduces Africa in the global political economy. The course considers the making of contemporary Africa, situating Africa in the historical evolution of the global political economy, from the transatlantic slave trade, colonialism and decolonization to the present.  The course then examines a range of contemporary issues associated with Africa such as foreign aid, foreign direct investment and trade, including the growing relations between Africa and China; patterns of conflict, insecurity, peacemaking and peacebuilding in Africa; democratization, ‘good governance’ and human rights; as well as questions of social differentiation according to race, ethnicity, gender and class. In so doing, the course seeks to provide alternative viewpoints to the dominant representations of Africa in the literature in International Relations and Global Political Economy.

There will be two four-hour seminars each week.



  • Essay 35%
  • Presentation 20%
  • Participation 10%
  • Final examination (take-home) 35%



There are no specific required texts for this course. Required readings will be available on the course canvass site.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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