Course Name Code Semester T+U Hours Credit ECTS
Conflict Studies: Africa ULI 468 8 3 + 0 3 5
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Course Language Turkish
Course Level Bachelor's Degree
Course Type Optional
Course Coordinator Arş.Gör. AYLA AKDOĞAN
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Course Objective Examine civil wars, specially the causes and conequences of civil wars in Africa, and compare case studies.
Course Content Handling with causes and consequences of civil wars in Africa in the frame od case studies :
Angola (UNITA, Cabinda), Ethiopia (Oromo, Tigray), Guinea, Congo-Brazzaville, Mali (Tuareg), Mauritania, Niger (Tuareg), Nigeria (Ijaw), Tanzania, Chad, South Sudan, Rwanda, and Uganda.
# Course Learning Outcomes Teaching Methods Assessment Methods
1 Learn detailed about conflicts in Africa. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Group Study, Homework, Performance Task,
2 Knowing what causes conflict in Africa. Lecture, Question-Answer, Group Study, Brain Storming, Case Study, Oral Exam, Homework, Performance Task,
3 Examine general causes and consequences of cıvıl war to the cases in Africa. Lecture, Question-Answer, Discussion, Group Study, Brain Storming, Case Study, Testing, Oral Exam, Homework, Performance Task,
Week Course Topics Preliminary Preparation
1 ´Africa´s missing billions? 1
2 History and Economy of region 2, 3, 4
3 State and political hegemony 5, 9
4 Democracy and democratization
5 Causes of civil war 6, 7, 8
6 Ethnicity and Economy 6, 7, 8
7 Political Institutions and process 9, 10
8 Exam Week
9 I: Angola (UNITA, Cabinda), Ethiopia (Oromo, Tigray), Guinea
10 II: Congo-Brazzaville, Mali (Tuareg), Mauritania
11 III: Niger (Tuareg), Nigeria (Ijaw)
12 IV: Tanzania, Chad, South Sudan
13 V: Rwanda, Uganda
14 Comperative Methods, Comparing case Studies: aggregation and causal consectary
Course Notes
Course Resources 1. IANSA/Oxfam/Saferworld 2007: ?Africa?s missing billions? (PDF)
2. Fearon, J.D. & Laitin, D. D. 2003: Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War. American Political Science Review 97, 75-90.
3. Sambanis, N. 2001: Do Ethnic or Nonethnic Civil Wars Have the Same Causes? Journal of Conflict Resolution 45, 259-282.
4. de Soysa, I. 2002: Paradise is a Bazar? Greed, Creed, and Governance in Civil War, 1989-1999, Journal of Peace Research 39, 395-416.
5. Azam, J.-P. 2001: The Redistributive State and Conflicts in Africa. Journal of Peace Research 38, 429-444.
6. Collier, P. & Hoeffler, A. 2004: Greed and Grievance in Civil War. Oxford Economic Papers 56, 563-595.
7. Ross, M. L. 2004: What Do We Know About Natural Resources and Civil War? Journal of Peace Research 41, 337-356.
8. Fearon, J.D. 2005: Primary Commodity Exports and Civil War. Journal of Conflict Resolution 49, 483-507.
9. Hegre, H., Ellingsen, T., Gates, S., Gleditsch, N.P. 2000: Towards a Democratic Civil Peace? Democracy, Political Change, and Civil War 1816-1992. American Political Science Review 95, 17-33.
10. Schneider, Gerald & Wiesehomeier, Nina 2006: Rules that Matter. Journal of Peace Research 45: 183-202.
11. Pennings, Paul, Keman, Hans, Kleinnijenhuis, Jan 2006: Doing Research in Political Science, London: Sage, Part I.
Order Program Outcomes Level of Contribution
1 2 3 4 5
1 To research the functions, basic concepts and features of the international system; to learn the basic knowledge about the sub-topics of the international relations discipline. X
2 Analyzing the developments in the political history of the world within the context of the cause-effect relations. X
3 To improve the foreign language skills. X
4 To analyze the Turkey´s foreign policy comprehensively in the cause-effect relations. X
5 To analyze the theoretical approaches to the foreign policy analysis and the functions of the decision-making process. X
6 To learn theoretical and methodological thinking and to observe the events from this framework X
7 To analyze the social developments and conditions comparatively X
8 To learn the basic principles and the issues of international law X
9 To examine the theories of International Relations and to learn looking at international developments within the theoretical framework X
10 To analyze the Turkey´s political life historically and chronologically
11 To learn the functions and the basic principles of domestic law
12 To analyze the establishment, structure and functions of international and regional organizations and their impact on the World politics X
13 To analyze the reasons and solution models of the intra-state conflicts through examples X
14 To research the issues of international security and the theoretical approaches relating to this field X
15 To examine the events, occurring in the international system, within the theoretical perspective comparatively X
16 To improve the analytical thinking skills about the international events X
17 To learn the basic concepts and theories of Economics, Sociology, Political Science and other disciplines X
18 To research the ideas of philosophers/thinkers who built the philosophical foundations of political science and to examine the contribution of these philosophical ideas to the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations X
19 To gain basic computer skills X
20 To gain the ability of planning, performing and composing of the scientific study individually X
Evaluation System
Semester Studies Contribution Rate
1. Ara Sınav 40
1. Kısa Sınav 20
2. Kısa Sınav 20
1. Ödev 20
Total 100
1. Yıl İçinin Başarıya 50
1. Final 50
Total 100
ECTS - Workload Activity Quantity Time (Hours) Total Workload (Hours)
Course Duration (Including the exam week: 16x Total course hours) 16 3 48
Hours for off-the-classroom study (Pre-study, practice) 16 2 32
Mid-terms 1 10 10
Quiz 2 5 10
Assignment 1 10 10
Final examination 1 15 15
Total Workload 125
Total Workload / 25 (Hours) 5
dersAKTSKredisi 5