Spring 2010

Women and Politics in Africa

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-25  |  Political Science, as POSC-29


Catharine Newbury (Section 01)


(Offered as Political Science 29 [GS, CP], Black Studies 25 [A], and Women’s and Gender Studies 61.) This course will explore the genesis and effects of political activism by women in Africa, which some believe represents a new African feminism, and its implications for state/civil society relations in contemporary Africa. Topics will include the historical effects of colonialism on the economic, social, and political roles of African women, the nature of urban/rural distinctions, and the diverse responses by women to the economic and political crises of post-colonial African policies. This course will also explore case studies of specific African countries, with readings of novels and women’s life histories as well as analyses by social scientists.

Spring semester.  Five College Professor Newbury.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Spring 2010