POLI 387 Africa and the World (1)
Colonialists, politicians, aid workers, peace corps volunteers, missionaries, human rights advocates, scholars and many others have asked, "How can we save Africa?" This class critically interrogates this question, its motivations, and the ways in which people have answered it by examining international efforts to "save" Africa, as well as African liberation struggles and social movements. Focusing on texts by African and Pan-African authors, we will study the ways in which international relations and the colonial legacy shape contemporary African politics. Special attention will be given to the politics of "tribes," ethnicity, race, class and gender, as well as ideas about culture, tradition, and modernity. We will focus on the international dimensions of violent conflicts in Africa, the dilemmas of humanitarian intervention, and efforts to promote peace, justice and reconciliation. We will investigate the historical roots of "underdevelopment," African contributions to the development of Europe and the Americas, and contemporary development and aid projects. Case studies include Rwanda, Maasailand, Darfur and South Africa.