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GLS Sample Class: African Politics Through Literature, Film and Music


09 Nov 6:30-9:30pm

Please note that the following sample class is reserved for students interested in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. If you are interested in the doctorate program, contact us and we will connect you with a visit opportunity.

Join us to sample a class from our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program and experience what this degree program has to offer you.

LSHV-425: African Politics Through Literature, Film and Music

Course Description:
Fiction, non-fiction, documentary films, and popular music will help explore major questions about sub-Saharan Africa. These questions include 
1. What political-social-religious systems existed in pre-colonial Africa? 
2. How did a handful of European countries gain control of most of sub-Saharan Africa and has the “(neo) colonial legacy” proven a mixed blessing or an unmitigated disaster? 
3. What moral dilemmas confronted potential opponents to unjust authority and how did those Africans resolve them? Which of our fictional characters do you consider “heroic?” 
4. Why did personal rule (“neo-patrimonialism”) become the dominant form of rule following independence and what have been its ramifications? 
5. What is “corruption,” why does it remain widespread, and is it necessarily “bad?“ 
6. What constitutes “terrorism” and under what (if any) conditions can you justify it? 
7. What roles has ethnicity played in African politics? 
8. Why has sub-Saharan Africa suffered so many coups and conflicts and what are some suggested solutions? 
9. How do critics and supporters view Africa’s post-1990 democratization? Could democracy be “premature,” given the political- social divisions and lack of economic development in many countries? 
10. How do songs and films explain African politics.

Georgetown Main Campus

37th & O Sts, NW , Intercultural Center 208B
Washington, District of Columbia 20057

Add to Calendar 2015-11-09 18:30 2015-11-09 21:30 America/New_York GLS Sample Class: African Politics Through Literature, Film and Music Please note that the following sample class is reserved for students interested in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program. If you are interested in the doctorate program, contact us and we will connect you with a visit opportunity. Join us to sample a class from our Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program and experience what this degree program has to offer you. LSHV-425: African Politics Through Literature, Film and Music Course Description: Fiction, non-fiction, documentary films, and popular music will help explore major questions about sub-Saharan Africa. These questions include  1. What political-social-religious systems existed in pre-colonial Africa?  2. How did a handful of European countries gain control of most of sub-Saharan Africa and has the “(neo) colonial legacy” proven a mixed blessing or an unmitigated disaster?  3. What moral dilemmas confronted potential opponents to unjust authority and how did those Africans resolve them? Which of our fictional characters do you consider “heroic?”  4. Why did personal rule (“neo-patrimonialism”) become the dominant form of rule following independence and what have been its ramifications?  5. What is “corruption,” why does it remain widespread, and is it necessarily “bad?“  6. What constitutes “terrorism” and under what (if any) conditions can you justify it?  7. What roles has ethnicity played in African politics?  8. Why has sub-Saharan Africa suffered so many coups and conflicts and what are some suggested solutions?  9. How do critics and supporters view Africa’s post-1990 democratization? Could democracy be “premature,” given the political- social divisions and lack of economic development in many countries?  10. How do songs and films explain African politics. Georgetown Main Campus , 37th & O Sts, NW , Intercultural Center 208B Washington, District of Columbia, United States 20057 MM/DD/YYYY