78214 - Africa in the international political history

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  • Teacher Mario Zamponi

  • Credits 10

  • SSD SPS/13

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in International Development and Cooperation (cod. 8890)

SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

No poverty Peace, justice and strong institutions Partnerships for the goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student: - knows the political history of contemporary Africa - in relation to its international position and the most relevant phenomena of the international political context - with particular reference to the colonial period, decolonization policies and the formation processes and dynamics of independent nation-states and their role in the international context; - will be able to identify and discuss critically the structural and systemic causes of the development crises, the roots, the nature and the dynamics of conflicts both civil and military, and in particular the relationship between security, development, poverty, environmental crises, and consolidation or crisis of political democracy; - acquires the tools and methods for contextualising and arguing on relevant aspects of the cultural, political and social dynamics of African contexts in relation to the wider international scenario.

Course contents

Students are suggested to read the following books:

S. Guarracino, Storia degli ultimi sessant’anni, Mondadori, Milano, 2004

G. Formigoni, Storia della politica internazionale nell'età contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018, cap. VI e VII

Moreover students are requested to attend classes regularly and to be present during the first weeks when all information about the programme will be provided

Course contents

The course discusses the main phases and issues of the contemporary history of Africa since the starting of the colonial domination, in relation to the international context and its main dynamics: colonialism, decolonization, cold war, democratization process. In particular will be presented:

- The XIX century, the end of the slave trade, the development of international commerce, the colonial penetration and the scramble for Africa by the European powers. Periodization of the colonial period and analysis of the impact of the colonial domination on African societies. The colonial administrations;

The decolonization in the new post-war international context. The independences of the African states and the nation-state. The crisis of the African state and of the policies of economic development, processes of democratization and its relations with the broader international dynamics.

Readings/Bibliography

Books for students attending classes:

A.M. Medici, A. Pallotti, M. Zamponi, L’Africa contemporanea, Mondadori Education, Milano 2017

Books for students not attending classes:

G. Formigoni, Storia della politica internazionale nell'età contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018, cap. VI e VII

A.M. Medici, A. Pallotti, M. Zamponi, L’Africa contemporanea, Mondadori Education, Milano 2017

M. Zamponi, Breve storia del Sudafrica, Roma, Carocci, 2009

Readings/Bibliography

Bibliographical references are indicated jointly with the syllabus.

 

Readings/Bibliography

Bibliographical references are indicated jointly with the syllabus.

Teaching methods

Lessons and discussion with students.

Notice: The course will take place according to the rules that may be in force in the next academic year, regarding possible limitations linked to the health emergency

Assessment methods

The final examination will be an oral examination. Students must demonstrate to be able to present and to discuss the topics of the course.

Teaching tools

Transparencies, maps, Italian, international and African press. At the beginning of the course will be illustrated the use of Internet in order to study Africa.

Office hours

See the website of Mario Zamponi