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Postgraduate Course: Africa and International Politics (PGSP11151)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will examine the nature of Africa's integration into the world economy and political systems and its own regional integration; the cold war and post-cold war periods; the changing relations within and between Africa's states and regions; and changing relations between Africa's States and external organizations.
Course description Academic description: Africa in International Politics is an optional course for MSc students. The course examines the politics of Africa's political and economic integration into the world, with a particular focus on how power has shifted between states, regional and international organizations, and the implications of this for our understanding of current developments.

Outline of content: The course will explore Africa's historic international ties and how those have evolved in the post-cold war and post-9/11 period. It will consider these from both political and political economy perspectives.

Student learning experience: The course will be taught seminar style, with students expected to engage in the learning process. Visual resources will also be used, including film.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature of Africa's integration into the world economy and political systems during the Cold War and post-cold War periods.
  2. Analyse various forms of evidence and data to asses the changing relations within and between Africa's states, regions and non-African states
  3. Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in planning and executing a significant research project on a theme related to Africa's international politics
  4. Communicate, using appropriate methods, with peers and experts through oral and written participation and assessments the principal debates in the study of Africa's international politics.
Reading List
A. Niang (2018) The Postcolonial African State in Transition Stateness and Modes of Sovereignty

S R Dorman, Ed. (2018) Beyond the Gatekeeper state? Studying Africa┬┐s states and state systems in the twenty-first century. Third World Quarterly Thematics

C. Clapham, (1996). Africa and the International System. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills In alignment with the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 11, graduates will have the following attributes.

1. Critical thinking, analytical and reading skills will be developed by critically analysing academic debates, supplemented by historical and contemporary primary sources.
2. Advanced research skills will be developed by identifying and consulting a wide range of primary and secondary data sources in preparing the research paper.
3. Effective written and oral communication skills will be developed by completing the assessments and contributing to the seminars.
4. Student will become better global citizens by developing an advanced understanding of the international politics of Africa.
5. Students will become more critically aware of gaps and limitations in the mainstream academic disciplines of international relations and politics.
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Course organiserDr Sara Dorman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4239
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