Geography 170-1: Special Topics in Geography: Conflict and Violence in Africa

Geography 170-1
CCN: 15215
(3 units)
Ann Laudati
Location: 254 Sutardja Dai
Times: TuTh 3:30-5

Violence, conflict, and irregular warfare within states due to burgeoning challenges posed by armed groups have proliferated in number and importance since the Cold War ended. This reading and discussion intensive course explores the causes, consequences and complexities of armed conflict in Africa. We will focus on recent conflict and post-conflict situations in Africa, and use case studies ranging from child soldiers in Uganda; extremist groups in Nigeria; gendered violence in the DR Congo; international peacekeeping in Darfur; resource wars in Liberia; to anti-colonial rebellions in Kenya, as a lens for understanding the distinct dynamics of violence.