POLS7006 - Development Theory
The course introduces social, economic, and political assumptions. These underpin 'development studies'. Strategies that might best be adopted to 'promote' or 'manage' development are investigated. In this way, the 'problem of development' in three loosely defined and interconnected areas of social life - the market, the state, and the community - are explored.
POLS7044 - Democratic Theory
The relationship between existing liberal democracy and various visions for deepening and extending democracy is explored.
Attention will be given to critiques arising from various philosophical and ideological positions. These include liberalism, civic republicanism, Marxism, utopian socialism and feminism.
POLS7050 - African Politics: Natural Resources in Africa
This course investigates the issue of resource extraction in Africa. It aims to give students at the Honours and Master's level a critical overview of the debates surrounding natural resources on the continent. The political and economic impact of resource extraction is investigated.
POLS7049 - Justice and Democracy: Freedom in South Africa
The course analyses the origins of the notions of justice, democracy and freedom.
The first half of the course examines the history of justice, democracy and freedom. The second half of the course analyses the manner in which these ideas relate to the reality of the acquisition of freedom in Africa and South Africa. The course includes analysis of the ideas (and intellectual and historical contexts) of the following core thinkers, Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, Fanon, Biko, Mandela, Sen and Geuss, amongst others.
POLS7052 - Politics and Utopia
This course will provide graduate students with an introduction to key ideas and theories in the development of political thought. Utopian visions, and their impact on political thought and practice are studied. The course explores the relationship between political theory and practice.
POLS7052 - Research Methods and Research Ethics in Political Studies
This course introduces a range of debates and approaches regarding the how's and why's of research methods. The course will also provide targeted instruction on how to develop a research proposal. Each session will examine prominent examples of methods while considering their strengths and weaknesses. Towards the end of the course students will present their plans to their peers and other members of the department, building upon ideas put together in a research proposal.
POLS7030 - Selected Topics in Political Studies: Afro-politics and Religion
The course examines religion's role in shaping African society. Part of the aim of the course is to critique contemporary conflict theories and narratives of nation-states in their failure to account for religion's influence on the development of the African state and society. The interaction between the various religious outlooks and the constant invention of new belief systems is explored.
POLS7036: The State in Africa: Democratisation and Crisis
This unit draws upon debates about the birth and development of the African state. Furthermore, It explores the various views of the African state.
POLS7072 - Violence, Identity and Transformation
This is an interactive research seminar. It is intended to be a laboratory for mutual learning and collective transdisciplinary research. By accessing archives of the global South And North key questions regarding the politics of violence will be explored. One such question is, 'in which ways have progressive, inclusive and diverse new social orders been imagined and how could we or should we (not?) imagine them today?
POLS7059 - An Introduction to Biopower
This course begins by tracing the development of the concept of biopower in the work of Foucault. It will also underline some of the sources of inspiration for his formulation. The ways in which the concept of biopower has been appropriated and developed by other important theorists will also be explored.
POLS7055 - Institutions, Governance and Violence in Africa
The course explores the way in which institutions shape the development of financial, social, political, and legal structures. Particular attention is paid to the impact of pre- and post-colonial institutions in Africa.
POLS7043 - Debates in Feminism, Politics and Society
The ideas explored in this course introduce the challenges to political studies posed by feminist theory. The goal is to understand the role gender perspectives play in the analysis of the political world.