Spring 2023 - POL 374 D100
Africa in the Global Political Economy (4)
Class Number: 7716
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Th 4:30 PM – 8:20 PM
AQ 2104, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Apr 14, 2023
11:59 PM – 11:59 PM
TAKE HOME-EXAM, Burnaby
1 778 782-4346
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 the continent 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 in the global political economy. These include the political economy of money/finance, investment and trade; the political economy of migration and remittances; political economy of conflict, insecurity, peacemaking and peacebuilding; the political economy of democratization, ‘good governance’ and human rights; and the political economy of environment and sustainable development in Africa. In so doing, the course seeks to provide critical and alternative viewpoints to the dominant representations of Africa in the literature in International Relations and International Political Economy.
Course Organization: A four-hour lecture/seminar per week.
- Participation 10%
- Presentation 20%
- Research Essay 35%
- Final Examination (take-home) 35%
There are no required texts for this course. Required readings are available on the course canvas site.
REQUIRED READING NOTES:
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Department Undergraduate Notes:
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