Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Topics in Public Policy

Section Title: Governance Challenges in South Africa
Instructor(s): Eugene Gholz
Course: P A 388K - Advanced Topics in Public Policy
(previously Seminar in Topics in Public Policy)
Unique Number: 62480
Waitlist Information:For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information

This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: Southern Africa contains the continentís richest country and a number of its poorest. The region has had a tragic history of colonial and minority rule, of civil war and strife. New challenges threaten the sub-continent's emergence from these shadows, including HIV/AIDS, environmental degradation, weak national identities, and the failure of liberation movements to deliver political and economic development. At the same time, the region is home to some of the continent's most dynamic economies and rich cultural and environmental heritage.

The course will survey governance challenges in southern Africa, focusing on political and economic development, private security as both a challenge and a solution to crime and instability, public health (especially HIV/AIDS), and environmental protection.

Traveling to South Africa will allow participating students to augment their classroom experiences through a number of field trips and service opportunities.

Length of the course is approximately 3 weeks. Approximate travel dates: 5/17 - 6/5/2009. Even though the course itself will occur at the end of the spring semester, you must be enrolled by the 12th class day (2/3/2010).

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