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CODICE 95291
ANNO ACCADEMICO 2023/2024
CFU
SETTORE SCIENTIFICO DISCIPLINARE SPS/13
LINGUA Inglese
SEDE
  • GENOVA
PERIODO 2° Semestre
MATERIALE DIDATTICO AULAWEB

PRESENTAZIONE

The course will provide a comprehensive understanding of the historical and political events that have taken place in Africa during the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. The first part of the course will focus on key topics such as colonialism, decolonization, the Cold War, and the independences of African states. The second part of the course will focus on nationalism, socialism, populism, state capitalism, sovereignty, authority, democracy, and hybrid regimes in Africa. Special emphasis will be given to the international context and the main dynamics that have shaped the African continent.

OBIETTIVI E CONTENUTI

OBIETTIVI FORMATIVI

Il corso si propone di fornire agli studenti gli strumenti analitici per comprendere con un approccio critico la realtà politica, sociale ed economica africana, decostruendo gli stereotipi e le narrazioni semplificate che troppo spesso caratterizzano la rappresentazione dell'Africa sui mass-media. L'Africa ha la più alta crescita demografica del mondo. È un continente che affronta gravi sfide e che presenta enormi opportunità. Questo corso è particolarmente utile agli studenti che intendono intraprendere una carriera diplomatica, a coloro che si troveranno a lavorare in un'organizzazione internazionale o nel campo della cooperazione allo sviluppo, in quanto fornirà loro tutte le nozioni di base e i paradigmi teorici necessari ad addentrarsi nella complessità del continente africano.

OBIETTIVI FORMATIVI (DETTAGLIO) E RISULTATI DI APPRENDIMENTO

At the end of the course, the students will have gained knowledge on the political history of contemporary Africa. This includes a detailed understanding of the colonial period, decolonization policies, and the formation processes and dynamics of independent nation-states, as well as their role in the international context. The students will be able to identify the main elements of political systems in Africa and its institutions (nationalism, socialism, populism, state capitalism, sovereignty, authority, democracy). The course will provide students with the necessary tools and methods to contextualize relevant aspects of the causes of development crises and the roots and dynamics of conflicts, the relationship between security, development, poverty, environmental crises, and the role of the international context.

PREREQUISITI

Nessuno

MODALITA' DIDATTICHE

Lectures, student presentations and class discussions.

TESTI/BIBLIOGRAFIA

 

Option 1 (essay + written exam assessment)

K. Shillington, History of Africa, fourth edition (London: Red Globe Press, 2019), chapters 16-32.

A. Thomson, An Introduction to African Politics, fifth edition (New York: Routledge, 2022).

 

Option 2 (written exam assessment)

K. Shillington, History of Africa, fourth edition (London: Red Globe Press, 2019), chapters 16-32.

A. Thomson, An Introduction to African Politics, fifth edition (New York: Routledge, 2022).

And one among the following:

E. Schmidt, Foreign Intervention in Africa after the Cold War (Ohio University Press, 2018).

M. de Haas, E. Frankema, Migration in Africa. Shifting Patterns of Mobility from the 19th to the 21st Century (New York: Routledge, 2022).

DOCENTI E COMMISSIONI

LEZIONI

INIZIO LEZIONI

Classes will start on Monday 26th February 2024

The schedule for all courses can be found at: EasyAcademy.

Orari delle lezioni

L'orario di tutti gli insegnamenti è consultabile all'indirizzo EasyAcademy.

ESAMI

MODALITA' D'ESAME

Option 1: Essay + written exam assessment

Students will have to write a short essay (min. 2000 words - max. 3000 words) on an issue or topic covered during the course. The topic must be agreed upon with the lecturer beforehand. The relevant supporting readings will be provided by the lecturer. The students will present the paper through classroom discussion in the final part of the course. The written exam assessment will consist of multiple choice and short open answers. The final grade will be calculated on the basis of the essay and the written examination.

 

Option 2: Written exam assessment

The written exam assessment will consist of multiple choice and short open answers. The final grade will be calculated on the basis of the written exam assessment.

 

EXAM SCHEDULE

21 May 4.00 pm

10 June 4.00 pm

2 July 4.00 pm

13 September 4.00 pm

Calendario appelli

Dati Ora Luogo Tipologia Note
21/05/2024 16:00 GENOVA Orale
10/06/2024 16:00 GENOVA Orale
02/07/2024 16:00 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2024 16:00 GENOVA Orale

ALTRE INFORMAZIONI

Students with Special Needs: the compensatory tools recognized by the Department coordinator and by the University Service for students with special needs are applied. It is suggested to contact Prof. Aristide Canepa and the lecturer of this course at the beginning of the lectures.