|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||16 Hours. (16 x 1 hour)|
|Seminars / Tutorials||8 Hours. (8 x 1 hour)|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||Essay: 1 x 2000 words||30%|
|Semester Assessment||Report: 1 x 500-800 word country report||10%|
|Semester Exam||2 Hours||60%|
|Supplementary Exam||Resit opportunities for this module will be available in the Supplementary examination period. F resit: The student will re-sit the module by examination only for a 'capped' pass mark (40). H resit: The student will submit missing coursework elements and/or re-sit by examination in the Supplementary exam period in lieu of a missed/failed exam for full marks. Students re-sitting elements of failed coursework are required to select a different essay/assignment title and must not submit re-written versions of the original essay/assignment.|
On completion of the module students should be able to:
- identify the main problems to challenges and account for instances of conflict, state collapse and warlordism on the continent.
- explain the development and prevalence of neo-patrimonialism, clientelism & authoritarianism on the continent
- critically assess the extent to which recent transitions to democracy have transformed state-society relations
- account for instances of state collapse and warlordism on the continent
- describe some of the ways in which global forces impact on domestic state-society relations
- apply the general concepts and theories of African politics to specific empirical examples
This module covers key analytical and empirical debates in contemporary African politics.
The aim of this module is to introduce students to some of the main debates and issues in the study of politics in contemporary sub-Saharan Africa.
The module also explores society's response to the politics of exclusion and in particular the recent wave of democratisation on the continent. We assess contemporary explanations of the prevalence of conflict, state collapse, and the rise of warlordism, and examine the way in which international/global forces influence domestic politics and state-society relations, including the imposition of structural adjustment programmes, the end of the cold war, and 'war on terrorism'. Finall, the module assesses the promise of NEPAD for Africa's future.
10 ECTS credits
Reading ListRecommended Text
A Thomson (2000) An Introduction to African Politics Routledge Primo search N Chazan, Lewis et al (1999) Politics and Society in Contemporary Africa Lynne Rienner Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6