Africa and the International System

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Africa and the International System

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    African Studies, Development Studies, International Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Pre-colonial Political Structures; Colonization and the Scramble for Africa; Nationalism and Independence; Colonial Legacies, Burdens and Endowments; The State in Africa; Ethnicity and Ethnic Politics; Dependency, Economic Relations and Elite Structures; Religion in Africa; Insurgencies and African Politics; Democracy & Democratization in Africa; Global Health in an African context; Africa in the Global Economy.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    - On successful completion of the module, students should be able to: 1. Understand governance structures in Africa and how they have been influenced by and relate to the international system; 2. Understand the challenges of state building in Africa; 3. Be familiar with a number of signficiant challenges facing governments and societies in the continent and how these relate to global priorities.

    Teaching & Learning Methods:
    - Lectures: 24 hours
    - Tutorials: 5 hours

    - Continuous Assessment: 40%
    - University scheduled written examination: 60%

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