Course Description

Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa, POL SCI 147E

In this course, we will explore the complex phenomenon of aid to Africa, debate about whether it "works," why many participants and observers criticize it, and whether today's humanitarians can do better than those of the past, and if so, how.

Key Information

Credit: 4 quarter units / 2.67 semester units credit
UC Irvine, Political Science

Course Credit:

Upon successful completion, all online courses offered through cross-enrollment provide UC unit credit. Some courses are approved for GE, major preparation and/or, major credit or can be used as a substitute for a course at your campus.

If "unit credit" is listed by your campus, consult your department, academic adviser or Student Affairs division to inquire about the petition process for more than unit credit for the course.

UC Berkeley:
Unit Credit

UC Davis:
General Education: SS, WC.

UC Irvine:
Major Requirement: upper division course, Political Science Major, International Relations (POL SCI 140-149) 

UC Los Angeles:
Unit Credit

UC Merced:
units toward your degree (see your adviser)

UC Riverside:
General Education: Elective units

UC San Diego:
General Education: Revelle - 1 class towards Social Science; Seventh - 1 course towards Alternatives - Social Science; Warren - May be counted depending on major/PofC/AS, Transfer students may use for UD noncontiguous GE depending on major, Sixth - 1 Social Analysis; TMC 1 course toward upper division disciplinary breadth if noncontiguous to major; ERC - 1 upper division Regional Specialization course in Africa Region; Muir: 1 course in a Social Sciences theme in "Government and Economics"
Major Requirement: UCSD Political Science major, upper-division elective (letter grade of C- or better)

UC San Francisco:
Unit Credit

UC Santa Barbara:
Major Requirement: Likely applicable toward either an International Relations or Comparative Politics upper-division sub field requirement in the Political Science BA

UC Santa Cruz:
General Education: ER

More About The Course

UC students will be able to engage in dialogue on these issues with students in several institutions in Africa, including the Hekima Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, and (we anticipate) the University of Gaston Berger in St. Louis, Senegal.

Course Creator

Cecelia Lynch

Cecelia Lynch is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.

She is currently drafting a book on Islamic, Christian and interfaith religious ethics in different sites in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the US. She co-edits the blog, “Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa,” found at www.cihablog.com, with colleagues in Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, and Kenya. The CIHA Blog brings critical and religious perspectives into humanitarian debates regarding Africa.

Lynch has authored or co-authored four books and co-edited two additional books, in addition to publishing many articles and book chapters. She has received several book prizes, scholarship and mentoring awards, and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, MacArthur Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation. 

Cecelia Lynch is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine. She is currently drafting a book on Islamic, Christian and interfaith religious ethics in different sites in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the US. She co-edits the blog, “Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa,” found at www.cihablog.com , with colleagues in Ghana, South Africa, ...

Cecelia Lynch is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Irvine.

She is currently drafting a book on Islamic, Christian and interfaith religious ethics in different sites in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the US. She co-edits the blog, “Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa,” found at www.cihablog.com, with colleagues in Ghana, South Africa, Senegal, and Kenya. The CIHA Blog brings critical and religious perspectives into humanitarian debates regarding Africa.

Lynch has authored or co-authored four books and co-edited two additional books, in addition to publishing many articles and book chapters. She has received several book prizes, scholarship and mentoring awards, and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, MacArthur Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Henry Luce Foundation. 


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