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|ANTH 393 - Africa/Anth/PublicPolicy|
This seminar course uses anthropological approaches to examine how culture affects the issues of ‘public policy’ that continue to play out in Africa today. We examine these subjects in two ways: first, we use ethnography and case studies to examine the dialogues between local, national, and regional cultures in Africa to see how policy concerns have been discussed; second, we use public policy articles, speeches, and visuals (both domestic and foreign affairs) to assess how policy makers have conceptualized and implemented African policies. Differing configurations of power groups and/or cultural groups, as well as differing national interest may affect how African countries think about and respond to policy problems. The issues with which we are concerned include governance and leadership transitions, peace-conflict-and security dynamics, HIV-AIDS and health crises, development and trade dynamics, gender and human rights, and Muslim-Christian dynamics. We rely upon seminar readings, guest speakers, audio-visuals, and student research projects.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Seminar