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

  • 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.


Course Description:

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. 


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

The Department of Political Science strictly enforces a policy on plagiarism.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html