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Advanced Topics in Conflict Studies

In depth study of particular topics related to conflict studies.

Prerequisites

  • Prerequisite: 51 university credits. Reserved for ECS undergrad students.

Faculty of Human Sciences >> Conflict Studies

Minimize schedule Course schedule for the session: Spring / Summer 2021
Section Schedule Day Location Professor
Lecture
ECS 4130 WA00
Conflicts in Africa
The course is prerecorded (asynchronous mode) and offered only online via Brightspace.
Course offered in English
May 03 - July 23 N/A Online Modeste Paulin Mba Talla
Summary

This seminar (Selected Topics in Conflicts Studies / Advanced Topics  in Conflicts Studies) will provide you with enhanced knowledge of the complexities of Africa’s conflict.

Objectives

By the end of the course, students should:

  • Have a critical understanding of the major issues relating to contemporary armed conflicts, civil wars and political violence in postcolonial Africa;
  • Be conversant with the dominant theoretical perspectives on and about contemporary African conflicts, the discourses they produce, the politics they make possible and their limitations
  • Have the conceptual and theoretical tools to critically analyse and research issues relating to armed conflicts and political violence in Africa;
  • Have a grasp of the power-knowledge regimes and the discourses they fashion about conflicts, violence and civil wars in Africa

Be able to conduct critical and policy relevant research relating to conflicts, civil wars and political violence

Workload

Evaluation Tool

Marks

Due Date

 Mid term

30%

May 31

Short analysis

 

20%

June 21 

Conflict description

10%

July 5

Research Paper

40%

July 23

Assessment

Evaluation Tool

Marks

Due Date

 Mid term

30%

May 31

Short analysis

 

20%

June 21 

Conflict description

10%

July 5

Research Paper

40%

July 23

Mandatory Reading
  • Alao, Abiodun (Eds) .2007. “Water and conflict” in Natural Resources and Conflict in Africa Book Subtitle: The Tragedy of Endowment, Boydell & Brewer; University of Rochester Press  pp.207-241
  • Banwell, Stacy. 2014. “ Rape and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a case study of gender-based violence”, Journal of Gender Studies, 23:1, 45-58.
  • Burgess, Stephen. 2018 “Military Intervention in Africa: French and US Approaches Compared.”  Air & Space Power Journal, Vol.9 Issue2, p.5-25.
  • Collier, Paul and Hoeffler, Anke. 2004. ‘Greed and Grievance in Civil War.” Oxford Economic Papers Vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 563–95.
  • Englebert, Pierre & Denis Tull. 2008. “Postconflict Reconstruction in Africa: Flawed Ideas about Failed States,” International Security, 32:4 (Spring), pp.106-39.
  • Julian Wucherpfennig, Philipp Hunziker, and Lars-Erik Cederman, “Who Inherits the State? Colonial Rule and Post-Colonial Conflict,” American Journal of Political Science 60, no. 4 (2016): 882–98.
  • Kalyvas, Stathis N. 2001. “‘New’ and ‘Old’ Civil Wars, a Valid Distinction?” World Politics, 54(1): 99-118
  • Mba Talla, M. (2020).“Multinational Joint Taskforce (MNJTF) and Emerging Regional Security Complex in the Lake Chad Region”, African Journal of Terrorism and Insurgency Research (AJoTIR), Number 1, April,pp 177-198.
  • Mehler, Andreas .2009, Introduction: Power-Sharing in Africa, in: Africa Spectrum, 44, 3, 2-10
  • Neethling, Theo. 2011” From MONUC to MONUSCO and beyond: prospects for reconstruction, state-building and security governance in the DRC”, South African Journal of International Affairs, 18:1, 23-41.
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