Yansane - IR 321 Development and Foreign Policy Issues in Africa

SYLLABUS FOR GUIDANCE - DEVELOPMENT AND FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES IN AFRICA IR321

A.Y. Yansane

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SCOPE, CONTENT AND EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOME

The course will examine African development as a context and concern for contemporary foreign policy. The course will analyze the mobiles of foreign policy of African states in the post cold war era. Focus is on flax; states of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) with special attention to West Africa, Ethiopia, Somalia, Tanzania, Kenya and Southern Africa and particularly with respect to post-apartheid relations. Socioeconomic conditions, leadership and nation states' ideologies of development will be assessed in terms of their determinative effects of foreign policy decisions. Also will be studied Pan-Africanism as an historic objective of both Africans and Black Americans. The course also evaluates the effectiveness of the African solidarity organizations with reference to the role of non-African influences by paying serious attention to the constraints and opportunities which challenge the Pan-African theoretic in international relations.

The objectives include the emphasis on the relevance of African affairs in contemporary international relations for modem Americans. They are to correct information about African people and provide pride and dignity, to eliminate myths about African people in order to strengthen confidence in Africans and world people in general.

REQUIREMENTS:

Classes will meet on Monday and Wednesday in a lecture-discussion format.

All students will join functional or regional policy groups in the third week of the semester. Policy groups are responsible for assigning background reading for panel discussions of their policy topics, occurring during the last month of the course.

Each student will write three 7-typewritten-page book reviews on books selected from the lists given. The first review is due on September 21, the second review on October 19, and the third review on November 16. Or a student can choose to write a major research paper or a policy paper on a problem of his/her choice or emerging from his/her policy group activities, based on an outline approved by the instructor before September 7. Papers are due two weeks before the final class meeting. Late papers will be penalized

GRADING POLICY:

Grades will be based on two short essay examinations (a midterm and a final counting for 20 percent each), the research paper or book reviews (50 percent) and class participation (10 percent).

COURSE MATERIALS:

A. BOOKS FOR PURCHASE: 1. A. Y. Yansané, Decolonization and Dependency: The Problem of Development of African Societies, Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1980. A. Y. Yansané, Decolonization of West African States of French Colonial Legacy: Comparison and Contrast: Development in Guinea. the Ivory Coast and Senegal.

Cambridge, MA: Schenkman Publishing Co., 1984. (1989 edition)

2a. South Commission, The Challenge of the South, New York: Oxford Press, 1996.

2b. South Centre, Facing the Challenge: Responses to the Report of the South Commission. forward by Julius Nyerere, London and Atlantic Highlands: Zed Books in association with South Centre, 1993.

2c. Benno Ndulu, Nicolas Van de Walle, et al. Agenda for Africa’s Economic Renewal. New Brunswick & Oxford: Transactions Publishers, 1996.

2d. Kidane, Mengisteah, Globalization and Autocentricity in Africa’s Development in the 21st Century, Trenton: Africa World Press, 1996.

3a. Christopher Clapham, Africa and the International System: The Politics of State Survival, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

3b. Magubane, The Ties that Bind African American of Africa, World Press, 1989.

3c. Yassin E1 Ayouty & I. William Zartman, The OAU After Twenty Years, New York, NY: Praeger, 1994.

3d. Real Lavergne (Ed.) Regional Integration & Cooperation in West Africa, Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 1997.

4a. Ishrat Husdin & Rashid Faruqee (Eds.), Adjustment in Africa: Lessons from country Case Studies. Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 1994.

4b. Brown, Michael B., Africa's Choices After Thirty Years of the World Bank. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1995.

4c. A. Y. Yansane (Ed.), Prospects for Recovery and Sustainable Development, Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1996.

4d. A. Y. Yansane (Ed.), Development Strategies in Africa in the 1990s. Westport, CN: Greenwood Press, 1996.

NOTA BENE! SYLLABUS IS FOR GUIDANCE ONLY! THE INSTRUCTOR WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH THE MOST RECENT SYLLABUS ON COURSE START DATE!