Master TR-NQF-HE: Level 7 QF-EHEA: Second Cycle EQF-LLL: Level 7

Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Code Course Name Semester Theoretical Practical Credit ECTS
UIL5702 African Politics: Current Issues and Topics Fall 3 0 3 8
This catalog is for information purposes. Course status is determined by the relevant department at the beginning of semester.

Basic information

Language of instruction: Turkish
Type of course: Departmental Elective
Course Level:
Mode of Delivery: Face to face
Course Coordinator : Dr. Öğr. Üyesi SİNEM ERAY
Recommended Optional Program Components: Non
Course Objectives: This course will evaluate Africa as a strategically important continent by its overall structure, the effects of colonialism to this day on the existing formations.

Learning Outcomes

The students who have succeeded in this course;

Will be able to learn basic issues African politics and current issues.
Will be analyzed Africa that has been intensifying recently by comparing 'major and emerging powers’ actions
Will be able to identify the domestic and international sources of African region.
Will be able to discuss the current issues in African policy.

Course Content

Widely observed socioceconomic problems will be analyzed along with positive improvements and the existing security issues and their effects on countries and regions.
In addition, the new competition on securing political influence in Africa that has been intensifying recently will be analyzed by comparing major and emerging powers’ actions. It is planned to analyze contemporary weekly developments in Africa in the first weeks of the course.

Weekly Detailed Course Contents

Week Subject Related Preparation
1) Introduction
2) Introduction to African Politics Prereading
3) Pre-Process Colonialism, Colonization, Periods of the Cold War and Independence Prereading
4) The African Union, Specialized Agencies and Regional Economic Communities Prereading
5) Economic Transformation Process, Regional Distribution of Official Development Assistance and Investment Prereading
6) Process of Social Development, The Millennium Development Goals and Food Safety Prereading
7) Midterm
8) Security Issues in West Africa and Nigeria Prereading
9) Civil War, Terrorism and Today's Transformation Process in Somali Prereading
10) Civil War in Sudan, South Sudan Separation Process and Darfur Issue Prereading
11) Genocide in Rwanda and Civil War in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Prereading
12) African Politics of Great Powers Prereading
13) Africa and Turkey Relations Prereading
14) Project Presentations and Assignments Submission
15) Final


Course Notes / Textbooks: Numan HAZAR, Küreselleşme Sürecinde Afrika ve Türkiye – Afrika İlişkileri, Genişletilmiş 2. Baskı, USAK Yayınları, 2011

Ufuk TEPEBAŞ, Büyük Güçler ve Afrika “21. Yüzyılda Çok Boyutlu Afrika Rekabeti”, TASAM Yayınları, 2010

Ufuk TEPEBAŞ (Editör), Afrika’daki Bölgesel Örgütler, TASAM Yayınları, 2009
References: Janet Roitman, Fiscal Disobedience: An Anthropology of Economic Regulation in Central Africa, Princeton University Press, 2005.

James Ferguson, Global Shadows: Africa in the Neo-Liberal World Order. Duke University Press, 2006.

Goran Hyden, African Politics in Comparative Perspective, Cambridge University Press, 2005

Evaluation System

Semester Requirements Number of Activities Level of Contribution
Homework Assignments 2 % 15
Presentation 1 % 10
Project 1 % 15
Midterms 1 % 20
Final 1 % 40
Total % 100
Total % 100

ECTS / Workload Table

Activities Number of Activities Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours 13 3 39
Study Hours Out of Class 10 11 110
Presentations / Seminar 1 3 3
Project 1 15 15
Homework Assignments 2 10 20
Midterms 1 3 3
Final 1 3 3
Total Workload 193

Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes

No Effect 1 Lowest 2 Low 3 Average 4 High 5 Highest
Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1) To examine knowledge and skills acquired with understanding the interaction between other disciplines in the interdisciplinary dimension.
2) Have the social, scientific and ethical values under any circumstances with related to the field of International Relations and Politics in data collection, interpretation, and dissemination stages.
3) Have the knowledge of the political, economic and juridical foundation of the state.
4) To develop and deepen the information level of expertise Master's Degree on the basis of qualifications at the Global Politics and International Relations Program.
5) Have a critical perspective on concepts, arguments, and current issues.
6) To examine and evaluate countries and regions at the international level which embedded in practical and theoretical knowledge.
7) Evaluated to be critical a variety of security issues, strategies, and practical consequences in the international arena.
8) Have a good formation of the social sciences.
9) Have the knowledge of the nation state to the present day about geographical, institutional, structural, conceptual and theoretical development of the international relations.
10) Have the knowledge of Turkish foreign policy formation and decision-making process.