IDS Approved Courses From Other Departments - Politics of Southern Africa POLI 5345   Politics of Southern Africa
This course focuses on political change in the Southern African region since the end of colonialism. It compares the experience of the various countries in the region to development and security pressures related to the legacies of colonialism, persistent economic problems and recent structural adjustments, environmental degradations and threats, ethnic, class and gender cleavages, strategic and social problems related to first apartheid and later post-apartheid transitions, issues of governance and regional conflict as well as more positive trends that towards abatements in civil wars and a surge of democratization. As well as country comparisons, the course will look at the region as a political unit, exploring the opportunities for and constraints against formal regional cooperation on economy or security as well as informal processes that constitute the basis of “new” regionalism forces.
PREREQUISITES: Permission of the instructor.