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Democracy and Development: Perspectives from Africa

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Effort 3-4 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 7 weeks long

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On a continent once dominated by closed political systems, democratic political institutions have taken root in more than a dozen African countries over the past 20 years. In this course, you’ll learn about this remarkable experiment, and try to better understand both the opportunities and the challenges of democratic governance.

We have interviewed more than 50 African academics, politicians, leaders, and students about how democracy works, and in this course, we provide opportunities to learn from these various African experts.

Each week, MIT Professor Evan Lieberman will introduce key topics in the study of democratic development in Africa, and highlight key ideas and insights from various African colleagues. Students will gain a solid introduction to African political development using analytical tools from the social sciences.

The course is for anyone interested in gaining a better understanding of African politics; learning about relationship between democratic politics and the attainment of improved human development; and/or obtaining an introduction to political science approaches to these topics.

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Evan Lieberman

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Dave R
5.0 5 months ago
by Dave completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A good starting point for the subject matter. Enhanced by the contributions of a wide range of African academics, politicians and NGO workers. There was a lot of further reading detailed that I didn't have time for, but hope to visit it the future. The professor is engaging.

The only disappointing aspect was the forums. There tended to be very little discussion. The approach of encouraging people to post by setting questions seemed to result in plenty of posts, but few conversations,
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Antonio G
5.0 5 months ago
by Antonio completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Very very interesting but i did not understand the procedure to have the certificate. Should be more simple and direct
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