African Politics (Mascha Rauschenbach, Fall 2015)

Vorlesung, Fall 2015: Ausgewählte Themen der Internationalen Beziehungen II: African Politics

Instructor: Mascha Rauschenbach

HWS 2015
SWS: 2


This lecture introduces students to the political systems and to the nature of political interactions in sub-Saharan Africa. It gives a brief background on pre-colonial history and outlines the impact of colonialism on the political structure of post-independence regimes. It examines the role of ethnicity, the prospects and problems of democratisation, economic development and civil war. The countries of sub-Saharan Africa differ greatly and it would be impossible to offer a thorough analysis of all countries in this seminar. Instead, it is intended to give a critical assessment of the political changes countries south of the Sahara have undergone and to develop a framework for understanding the problems and challenges facing these countries.

Office hours:

Wednesday, 15:00 – 17:30 (during weeks of teaching)

Parkring 47, Room 111

Dates and times:

Tuesday, 15:30-17:00 (weekly), Room: A5,6 B 244