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非洲政治

課程概述:
Course Description

1. Colonial and Pre-Independence History
2. Choices of Ideology
3. Ethnicity and Identity
4. Social Classes
5. Clientelism and Patrimonialism
6. Military in Politics
7. Africa’s International Political Relations
8. Africa’s International Economic Relations
9. Political and Economic Governance
10. Democratic Transition, Democratic Consolidation or Democratic Reversal

Teaching Approach

This course will be taught in English. A student is encouraged to use English in the classroom and required in taking the exams. Even though lecturing will take up most of the course time, a student has to participate in classroom discussion. Preparation for the assigned materials before each class is a prerequisite for meaningful participation.

課程目標:

1. To gain information and knowledge on various political, economic and social problems in Africa;
2. To evaluate the directions of political democratization and economic development on African continent; and
3. To develop analytical ability in assessing political and economic issues of African nations

參考書目:
Text and Other Readings

Alex Thompson, An Introduction to African Politics. London and New York: Routledge, 2000.

The following websites are very useful to acuqire information about African politics

www.allafrica.com
www.news.bbc.co.uk
www.economist.com
www.csmonitor.com
www.africa-taiwan.org

課程要求:
Course Requirements

Midterm and final exam each accounts for 30% of the total grade. A country study project accounts for 20% of the grade. Class participation and a film report each accounts for 10% for the rest of the grade. There is also a map test that requires a student to identify/locate all African countries on the map. A student has to pass the map test before receiving the final grade. He/she can take this test as many times as needed. Objective questions such as matching, true & false, multiple choices, as well as short and long essay questions will be included to accommodate individual student’s particular strength in comprehension.

The country study project requires each student to collect the following information of one African country:

1. Name of the Country (both English and Chinese; Chinese Name Used in Both Taiwan and China)
2. Name of the People (English)
3. Colonial Power
4. Name of the Country during Colonial Time
5. Date of Independence
6. Capital (English and Chinese; Chinese Name Used in both Taiwan and China)
7. Official Language(s)
8. National System (Centralized or Federal, Unit for Lower Level of Government)
9. Political System (Presidential, Parlimentary, Military)
10. Party Competition (One Party State, One-Dominant Party, Two-Party System, Multi-Party System)
11. Head of State and Head of Government
12. Electoral System (Presidential and Parliamentary Electoral System)
13. Military Coups (Frequency and Time of Occurrence)
14. Most Recent and Next Presidential and Parliamentary Elections and the Results of the Former)
15. Territory
16. Population
17. Human Development Index (Life Expectancy, Literacy Rate, and Purchasing Power Parity)
18. Major Ethnic Groups (Those over 5%)
19. Major Religions (Those over 5%)
20. Time to Establish or/and Break Off Diplomatic Relations with China and Taiwan