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This archived information is dated to the 2008-09 academic year only and may no longer be current.

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Graduate courses in African Studies

Primarily for graduate students; undergraduates may enroll with consent of instructor.

AFRICAST 207. Community Reconstruction and Development in Post- Apartheid South Africa

(Same as AFRICAST 107.) Seminar. The theory and practice of community reconstruction and development. Focus is on the Western Cape region. How S. African communities seek to redress economic injustice and stagnation in partnership with nongovernmental organizations, metropolitan government agencies, and higher education institutions. Innovative processes of community development and problem solving across sectors of the economy, neighborhoods, and demographic groups. National, regional and local policies, and community contexts which support or inhibit such processes.

5 units, Aut (Stanton, T)

AFRICAST 211. Education for All? The Global and Local in Public Policy Making in Africa

(Same as AFRICAST 111.) Policy making in Africa and the intersection of policy processes and their political and economic dimensions. The failure to implement agreements by international institutions, national governments, and nongovernmental organizations to promote education. Case studies of crowded and poorly equipped schools, overburdened and underprepared teachers, and underfunded education systems.

5 units, Spr (Samoff, J)

AFRICAST 248. Media, Art, and Social Change in Africa

(Same as AFRICAST 148.) How does art both construct and intervene in social movements? What is the contested place of the media and arts in contemporary African identity formation? Given sub-Saharan Africa's place in the global economy, how does the consumption and circulation of global art and media offer key insights into debates about the political economy of globalization? Case studies include youth movements and artistic production, and the humanitarian intervention in the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

5 units, Spr (Hubbard, L)

AFRICAST 299. Independent Study or Directed Reading

1 unit, Aut (Staff), Win (Staff), Spr (Staff)

AFRICAST 300. Contemporary Issues in African Studies

Guest scholars present analyses of major African themes and topics. Brief response papers required. May be repeated for credit.

1 unit, Aut (Rapp-Hanretta, K), Win (Rapp-Hanretta, K), Spr (Rapp-Hanretta, K)

AFRICAST 301. Dynamics of Change in Africa

For graduate students and advanced undergraduates. The transformed African policy landscape, including the African Union, truth and reconciliation commissions, poverty reduction strategy papers, HIV and AIDS, debt burdens, open and private universities, war crimes tribunals, multinational peacekeeping forces, democratization, and decentralization. Methods, alternative voices, and case studies.

5 units, not given this year

AFRICAST 301A. The Dynamics of Change in Africa

(Same as HISTORY 346.) Crossdisciplinary colloquium; required for the M.A. degree in African Studies. Addresses critical issues in African Studies by exploring intersections of the organization of power, structure of the economy, and patterns of social stratification. Interpretive debates on Africa's engagement with the slave trade, impact of colonialism, decolonization, democratization and civil wars, health and society, and Africa's engagement with globalization. The process of knowledge production and its social location, and the current state of knowledge.

4-5 units, Aut (Roberts, R)

AFRICAST 302. Research Workshop

Required for African Studies master's students. Student presentations.

1 unit, Spr (Weinstein, J)

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