Fall 2016

The Politics of Intervention in Africa

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-327  |  Political Science, as POSC-327


Kim Y. Dionne (Section 01)


(Offered as POSC 327 [G, SC] and BLST 327[A]) Africa is a primary target for aid intervention as it is the region with the highest poverty and suffers from recurring humanitarian challenges. This seminar will review international interventions in Africa--both military and humanitarian--to identify patterns of aid provision and critically examine the motivations behind intervention. Through a close reading of books describing different types of intervention, we will study the success of these interventions, but more often, we will try to diagnose the patterns of failure in attempting to improve the human condition. Our collective goal is to identify potential models for successful intervention.

Limited to 18 students.  Fall semester.  Five College Assistant Professor Dionne.

If Overenrolled: Over-enrollment will be kept to a minimum, but preferences will be given to BLST and POSC seniors needing the course to fulfill graduation requirements.


Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing


2020-21: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2016