This class was tough.
I would recommend this to anyone interested in how politics in certain regions around the world function. It is especially useful for anyone planning to travel the world or work in the international sector. It does make you think about how or why one country is more likely to be successful as opposed to the other, even when both countries political foundation is similar. I wouldn't recommend this class to those who are looking for an easy pass, this class is information intensive and requires a lot of extra time outside of class to really understand some concepts.
One highlight of this course is definitely learning about the different outcomes in African politics before, during, and after colonialism. I learned that many African countries were created without consideration of the peoples' cultures or movement. The people of Africa are the most diverse in the world and boundary issues relating to group identity has limited their ability to consolidate a democratic state. The boundaries cut in between groups, and put pace rival communities in one region, which creates inter-conflict.
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Advice for students:
Consider whether or not politics are interesting to you. This course is very informational about the foundation of some politics, and the reasons why or how some governments function one way or the other. Make time to create some sort of outline of the different topics to keep track of the informations. Go to class! This is highly important if you want an A in the class.