Fall 2015

Contemporary Francophone Africa: Colonial State and Beyond

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-250

Moodle site: Course


Alfred Babo (Section 01)


[ IL, SC ] This course will investigate the idea of colonialism, its evolution in France, and its practice in past and contemporary Africa. We will study the colonial and post-colonial administration, states, peoples, ethnicities, and cultures that have been shaped by long-term French colonization. This course also will explore the economy, the society and the politics that have been used to establish the French colonial system in Africa.  In addition, we will investigate forms of resistance in Africa by studying some African heroes and their political movements against colonial administration and for independence. Because independence didn't end the ideology of French colonialism in Africa, we will study new forms of colonialism which are still implemented in the African (West and Central) countries of the former French empire. To this end, the course will cover three major periods hinged on three parts: (1) colonial administration and state, (2) struggles for independence and (3) post-independence “neo-colonialism.”

Limited to 18 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Babo.

If Overenrolled: Seniors and majors will be treated with priority.


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2015