MAD 701 Theories and Strategies in Development and Change
Lecturer: Mr Percyslage Chigora Office: 42 Tel Ext: 293 Email: email@example.com Consultation Hours: by appointment.
The module examines dominant paradigms and theories of development; measurement of development; the making of the global economy; rights, democracy and conflict; political economy of resources, oil and mineral led growth, labour migration, population and development, industrialisation and technology; household survival strategies, employment and the informal sector; sustainable development, environmental movements. Chronologically, it is built upon elementary studies of economic, political and social ideas. The module is designed, given the proceeding background, to provide to initiated students of development studies for more directed and critical inquiry into the nature of politics, society, economy and the state. Every community has a worldview, or a philosophical frame of reference as to what is “good” and what is “bad”. Similarly, human communities have each normative political, economic and social basis of existence. Such a basis being a sum of total of basic ideas, notions and principles of how we have to sustain our lives or change them gradually or rapidly, violently or non violently /peacefully. Imagine what human life would be without government, laws and the state. The module overally exposes outstanding thinkers and practitioners who committed their intellectual enterprise to general improvement of human beings.
For Africa today four views emerges:
The Pan Africanist generation
The Nationalist Generation
The Globalist Generation
The Renascent generation/ the New Pan-Africanist
Guidelines on writing post graduate assignment. The candidate need to continuously self appraise him/herself. These are some of the issues to look for:
Presence of the central problem
The existence of evidence in its favour
Presence of relevant evidence
The candidate must be continuously asking the following questions.
Does it show masterly of relevant literature in the field?
Does it answer the question(s)?
Does it have a central argument/thesis?
Is it argued in a straightforward, clear and coherent manner?
Are the arguments supported by evidence, either theoretical or empirical?
Is the evidence adequate and correct?
Does it take into account major counter arguments and critique them?
Is the answer literate or well written
For oral self-examination a candidate needs to:
Respond to weakness/gaps in their argument
Draw relevant literature and empirical evidence to bolster arguments
Demonstrate broad understanding of literature and how it might relate to the research agenda
This is not a complete list but a guide to some text that are relevant to the field. Patrick Marnham, Fantastic Invasion:Dispatchesn from Africa
Stephen Smith, Ending Global Poverty: A Guide to What Works, Palgrave MacMillan 2005.
Paul Gready and Jonathan wEnsor, Reinventing Development? Translating Rights Based Approaches from Theory to Practice.
K N Mufuka, Africa-Essays in History, education and Development (Voice 2000)
R Dumont: False start in Africa, Prager 1974
M Thatcher: Statecraft (Harper collins 2002)
D Goulet: The cruel Choice: A new concept in theory of Development (University Press of America 1985)
Sengor Eric, Capitalism and slavery, 1961
Nkurumah Kwame, The revolutionary path, 1973
Du Bois WED , The world and Africa 1947
Diawara, Manthia, In search of Africa 1998.
Asante Molifikete, The Afrocetric Idea, 1998
Vardys, V.S Karl Marx Scientist? Revolutionary? Humanist? 1971
Ake Claude, Feasibility of Democracy in Africa.
Amin S, The future of socialism, Sapes Trust, 1990
Rodney W, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, 1980.
Fanon F, The wretched of the Earth, 19963
Arblaster, A and Lukes, S, The good society: A book of Readings, 1971.
MacPhearson CB , The real World of Democracy 1966.
Mill J S, Utilitarianism 1962
Milliband R, The state in capitalist society: An analysis of western system of power, 1973.
Mutiso and Rohio (eds), readings in African Political Thought, 1975.
Sklar, R L, Democracy in Africa, 1982.
Kemp, T Theories of Imperialism, 1967.
Mao Tse Tung, Selected Works, 1956.
Melotti, U , Marx and the Third World 1977.
Nkurumah K, Class Struggle in Africa 1981.
Theories of political migration
Jahn Janheinz. Muntu. An outline of neo-African culture. London: Faber and Faber 1961.
Translated from the German Muntu. Umrisse der neoafrikanischen Kultur (1958) by Marjorie Grene
Reprinted, with a new introduction by Calvin C. Hernton wit the title: Muntu. African culture and the Western world - New York, Grove Press, 1990.
Wiredu Kwasi. Cultural universals and particulars: an African perspective. Bloomington: Indiana University Press 1996.
Readings in African philosophy. An Akan collection. Edited by Kwame Safro. Lanham: University Press of America 1995.
Bedu-Addo Joseph T. Wiredu on truth as opinion and the Akan language. In Philosophy in Africa: trends and perspectives. Edited by Bodunrin Peter. Ife: University of Ife Press 1985. pp. 68-90
Blakeley Thomas J. The categories of Mtu and the categories of Aristotle. In African philosophy. An introduction. Edited by Wright Richard A. Washington: University Press of America 1984. pp. 163-170
Bodunrin Peter, "The question of African philosophy," Philosophy 56: 161-179 (1981).
Dukor Maduabu, "African cosmology and ontology," Indian Philosophical Quarterly 16: 367-391 (1989).
Gyekye Kwame. An essay on African philosophical thought. The Akan conceptual scheme. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1987.
Second revised edition: Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 1995.
African philosophy. An introduction. Edited by Wright Richard A. Washington: University Press of America 1977.
Second edition 1979; Third expanded edition 1984.
African philosophy. Edited by Floistad Guttorm. Dordrecht: Martinus Nijhoff 1987.
Contemporary philosophy. A new survey. (vol. 5).
The African philosophy reader. A text with readings. Edited by Coetzee Pieter Hendrik and Roux A.P.J. New York: Routledge 1998.
Second expanded edition 2003.
African philosophy. New and traditional perspectives. Edited by Brown Lee M. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2004.
Politikon : South African Journal of Political Studies
Review of African Political Economy Journal of Strategic Studies International Journal of Intelligence and Counter Intelligence Contemporary Security Policy Internet http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/alphalist.asp