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Wolfram W. Latsch
SISAF 444
Seattle Campus

African Studies Seminar

Interdisciplinary seminar focusing upon one particular aspect of the African continent. Emphasis may be humanistic, social scientific, or historical. African Studies faculty and visiting scholars lecture on areas of their own expertise.

Class description

In this course we will look at the way in which pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial Africa are connected and how geography, history and institutions have shaped the opportunities and the constraints facing Africans as well as those who have come to Africa as traders, colonizers, or settlers. We will read about current African challenges that include ethnic conflict, natural resource dependence, disease, but also the state of economic and political freedoms in African countries. We will talk about corruption and investment, about the failures of aid and reform, about the nature of the Africa state and about the ways in which the people of Africa have tried to construct livelihoods in challenging natural and political environments.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Wolfram W. Latsch
Date: 02/13/2006