African Studies Spring Courses: SISAF 490A- Failed States & 490B- African Political Economy

This spring, the African Studies Program is pleased to offer two exciting courses!
These classes are found on the UW Time Schedule:

SISAF 490A: Failed States
17919 A; 5 credits; I&S

This course deals with concepts and theories of state weakness, collapse, and failure. Students will discuss and debate whether state failure is a valid concept, why some states fail and others survive, how order can emerge within anarchy, and how external actors can prevent or reverse state failure. Cases will include Afghanistan, Somalia, and Central Africa, among others.

If you are interested in more information on the course, please send an e-mail to Scott Radnitz at srad.

SISAF 490B: African Political Economy
17920 B; 5 credits; I&S

This course is concerned with the political economy of sub-Saharan Africa, as understood through the historic, economic, ethnographic, and theoretic scholarship produced in the United States and Europe. Just as importantly, it is concerned with representations of Africa in advertising, consumer culture, journalism, and film, and how these inform and intersect with political economic reality. Our course materials cover historic and contemporary relationships between African states and their economies, focusing on colonialism, neoliberalism, and contemporary trade relations. This course is structured by my own research on the cocoa-chocolate commodity chain between Ghana and Britain and my use of feminist analytics. As such, our discussions of political economy will focus on West African agricultural systems, gender politics, cocoa and chocolate markets, popular commodity culture (including fair trade), Ghanaian economics and culture, and British food systems. This course should be of particular interest for people interested in African studies generally; the political economy of development and international trade; feminist critiques of international trade and development; the history and interrelationships between colonialism, neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism.

If you are interested in more information on the course, please send an email to Kristy Lesslie at kleissle.

African Studies Program
326 Thomson Hall
Jackson School of International Studies
University of Washington