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Archived Version 2005 - 2006

Module Title Politics & Development in Africa
Module Code LG542
School School of Law & Government

Online Module Resources

Module Co-ordinatorDr Eileen ConnollyOffice NumberC217a
Level 5 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Module Aims
to introduce students to the key political, social and economic issues facing Africa; to critically examine the roles and responsibilities of different external and internal actors; to explore the interplay between economic decline and political decay and regeneration; to explore African alternatives and programmes for renewal.

Learning Outcomes
To develop an understanding of Africas current challenges and opportunities, and to situate those within a global frame of reference.

Indicative Time Allowances
Lectures 0
Tutorials 0
Laboratories 0
Seminars 0
Independent Learning Time 75

Total 75
Assume that a 5 credit module load represents approximately 75 hours' work, which includes all teaching, in-course assignments, laboratory work or other specialised training and an estimated private learning time associated with the module.

Indicative Syllabus
· Historical background: some key legacies from pre-colonialism, colonialism and post-colonialism - Africa and the International System. · The African State · The Construction of Ethnicity, Conflict and Democracy · External Intervention, "Crisis" Management and the World Bank/IMF · Agriculture and the Rural-Urban Interface · Forms of Integration: Technology, Trade, Regionalism and Globalization · Health and Disease · Programmes for African Renewal: Orthodoxy vs. Popular Development
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Indicative Reading List
Fantu Cheru, African Renaissance: Roadmaps to the Challenge of Globalization (London: Zed, 2002). Catherine Campbell, Letting Them Die: Why HIV/AIDS Prevention Programmes Fail (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003). David K. Leonard and Scott Straus, Africas Stalled Development: International Causes and Cures (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2003). Bade Onimode et al., African Development and Governance Strategies in the 21st Century (London: Zed, 2004). Thandika Mkandawire and Charles Soludo (eds.) African Voices on Structural Adjustment (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2003). Graham Harrison, Issues in the Contemporary Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2002).
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HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
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MISCMA in International Security & Conflict