Universität Wien FIND

140169 KU Leadership in Sub-Saharan African Countries: Concepts in Historical and Contemporary Perspective (2019W)

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max. 25 participants
Language: English

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Tuesday 08.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 15.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 22.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 29.10. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 05.11. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 12.11. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 26.11. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 03.12. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 10.12. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 17.12. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 07.01. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 14.01. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 21.01. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12
Tuesday 28.01. 09:00 - 11:00 Inst. f. Afrikawissenschaften, Seminarraum 3 UniCampus Hof 5 2M-O1-12

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Aims, contents and method of the course

Do African presidents stay too long in power? Can military coup guarantee democracy? What role can African female leaders play? These are questions that regularly come to the fore when speaking about African politics. The course offers a general introduction to the study of leadership in African politics and aims to provide critical insight for students to better analyze African political issues.

The course is organized in two parts. The first part (sessions 1-7) introduces key concepts and approaches in the study of the African state and African politics. We will first explore the questions of the control of a territory inherited from colonization, the impact of the colonial legacy on state institutions, the conceptualization of power (personal or institutionalized, neopatrimonialism). We will then reflect on some of the tools to gain or remain in power: political tribalism and presidentialism. Finally, we will explore the issue of gender and power.

The second part of the course will be dedicated to analyzing present trends in African politics (sessions 8-13), focusing on presentations of case studies by the students, followed by general discussion.

The selected readings (academic publications, newspaper articles and/or opinion pieces) will provide historical and conceptual background to African politics while providing ground for a critical discussion to reflect on the potential and limits of African leadership in shaping and changing political situations.

1. Introduction

Part 1. African leadership: concepts and approaches

2. After colonization: controlling new states
3. Personal rule versus institutionalized power
4. Neopatrimonialism: authoritarian or democratic feature?
5. Political tribalism
6. Presidentialism: new boss, same old boss?
7. Gender and power

Part 2. Understanding present trends (students’s presentations)

8. Personal leadership: source of corruption or solution for development?
9. Stable leadership: coercion or elections?
10. Does ethnic diversity always lead to violence?
11. Can female power save African politics?
12. Can presidential term limits (really) change African politics?

Assessment and permitted materials

Participation (50% of the final grade).
Presentation of a case study (50% of the final grade).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

A bibliography will be provided in class.

Association in the course directory

SAG.KU.1, SAG.KU.2, SAG.KU.3

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