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RESOURCE CONFLICTS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN AFRICA
Country - Partner Institution - Programs: Germany - Free University of Berlin - 'Free Univ. Berlin'
UC Course SubjectInternational Studies
African Studies
Number & Suffix: 106 B
Full UC Title: RESOURCE CONFLICTS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN AFRICA 
Transcript Title: CONFLICT IN AFRICA 
UC QTR Units - Division: 4.5 - Upper Division 
Course Description: This course begins with an overview of the history of the exploitation of Africa’s resources and the subsequent consequences on the African populations. Post-colonial African liberation movements who took state control promised to take ownership over precious natural resources and to benefit the newly liberated populations. However, post-colonial resource policy in many African countries proves contentious. Violent conflict, cronyism and foreign interference are recurring malaises. When governments fail to administer their countries’ riches in a sustainable manner, civil society plays an important part in changing the extractive trajectories their representatives have taken. The course addresses the role social movements and community-based organizations play in formulating new visions of living in “resource cursed” spaces. Case studies from across Africa illustrate how social movements are organized to hold mining companies and governments accountable. Debates in the seminar situate resource extraction in Africa against the backdrop of a new global architecture sustaining pressure to “dig and drill” on the continent. Also covered are the ways in which water, arable land, and air quality have become issues of public contestation. 
Language of Instruction: English
 
Partner Title: RESOURCE CONFLICTS AND SOCIAL MOVEMENTS IN AFRICA 
Partner University Department: Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft 
Partner University Course Number: 15144