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49906-01 - Seminar: War in Africa: making or breaking states? 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster unregelmässig
Dozierende Sibel Yasemin Gürler (sibelyasemin.guerler@unibas.ch)
Martina Santschi (martina.santschi@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Violent conflict and civil wars in Africa have frequently been seen as either the cause or the consequence of state fragility. According to this way of thinking, many post-colonial states in Africa have ‘failed’ to hold on to their monopoly over the use of violence and thereby ‘proven’ the limits of their capacity to exercise power over society, as the upsurge in civil wars across the continent in the immediate post-Cold War era would indicate.

In this seminar, we engage critically with such perspectives and ask instead how states in Africa, as elsewhere throughout the world, are (also) the product of (internal and inter-state) warfare. Civil wars, it will be argued, while being the cause of immense suffering on the part of civilian populations, do not simply destroy political orders, but also contribute to shaping and producing them.
Lernziele Students understand and reflect on the role of violent conflict and war in the history of state formation in Africa. They have knowledge of the most important theories of (civil) war, and are able to critically analyse and weigh the importance of factors such as colonialism, economic inequalities, ethnicity, Cold War dynamics, natural resources (scarcity and abundance) as causes of violent conflict.
Literatur A comprehensive syllabus including literature will be provided to course participants in the context of the inception meeting on 20 September 2017. However, subsequent some key literature suggestions for this course:
• Anderson, B. R. (1983). Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso.
• Cramer, C. (2006). Civil War is not a Stupid Thing: Accounting for Violence in Developing Countries. London: Hurst & Co.
• Englebert, P. & Dunn, K.C. (2013). Inside African Politics, London: Routledge (Chapter 7: The Shifting Landscape of Conflict and Security, pp. 267-312).
• Herbst, J. I. (2000): States and Power in Africa: Comparative Lessons in Authority and Control. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.
• Tilly, C. (1985). War Making and State Making as Organized Crime. In P. B. Evans, D. Rueschemeyer, & T. Skocpol (Eds.), Bringing the State Back In. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 169-187.
Bemerkungen The number of participants is limited to 40 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to students of Political Science.

 

Teilnahmebedingungen The number of participants is limited to 40 people. The places are assigned according to date of enrollment and subject of study. Priority will be given to students of Political Science.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung durch Belegen in MOnA
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Weblink www.swisspeace.org
Einsatz digitaler Medien Online-Angebot obligatorisch

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 18.09.2019 – 18.12.2019
Zeit Mittwoch, 16.00-18.00 Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Datum Zeit Raum
Mittwoch 18.09.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 25.09.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 02.10.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 09.10.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 16.10.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 23.10.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 30.10.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 06.11.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 13.11.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 20.11.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 27.11.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 04.12.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 11.12.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Mittwoch 18.12.2019 16.00-18.00 Uhr Alte Gewerbeschule, Seminarraum -159
Module Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Regionaler Fokus B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Sachthemen der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Continuous. (1) Active participation in class (25%). (2) Engaging with the literature (25%). (3) Presentation (50%).
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Fachbereich Politikwissenschaft

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