Cursos / 1º Ciclo / Faculty of Law :: International Relations

Versao Portuguesa


3º curricular year
Semestralidade: 2nd semester


Leading Teacher: Prof. Doutor Pedro Mendes
Assistant Professor: Prof. Doutor Pedro Mendes

Class type and School hours

Orientação Tutorial : 1 Horas
Teórico-prática : 2 Horas

Main Aims/Objectives

1.To acquire an informed understanding of African governance and political movements 2. To better understand concepts and ideas in political science and African studies in comparative perspective.

Specific Aims/Objectives

1. To examine regularities and patterns of political behavior in Africa. 2. To analyze and evaluate external influences on African political conditions 3. To articulate the basic ideas of sustainable development and good governance 4. To appreciate the challenges of democratic consolidation in Africa

Skills to be acquired

1Development of the student´s analytical thinking capabilities through comparison and contrast in the application of theories and concepts to social and political problems 2Increased student awareness of cultural and multi-cultural issues through study of how political and social problems and social movements are related.

Teaching Procedures

Own learning methodology based on participatory classes: personal interventions, oral and written, and group discussions, work in teams to develop their communication skills and persuasion; assignment of texts available to students in e-learning.


1 - Introduction
1.1 - Nature, purpose and methodology of the discipline
1.2 - Justification of the importance of discipline in the course
1.3 - Presentation of basic bibliography
2 - General characterization of Africa: Unity and Diversity
2.1 - Africa and its geographical diversity
2.2 - Africa and its plolitical diversity
2.3 - Africa and its economic diversity
2.4 - Africa and its cultural-identity diversity
3 - The construction of modern Africa
3.1 - Colonization
3.2 - Independence
3.3 - State-building
4. - The ContemporaryAfrica : Political Issues
4.1 - The impact of colonialism and anti-colonialism: the ideologies
4.2 - The centralization of state power: Patronage, the patrimonial satte and personnal rule.
4.3 - African international relations: conflict to cooperation
4.4 - Challenges of Democracy
5 - Contemporary Africa: economic issues
5.1 - Post-colonial development strategies
5.2 - The growth of African economies
5.3 - Challenges for sustainable development
6 - The Contemporary Africa: social issues
6.1 - Population and Urbanization
6.2 - The problem of AIDS
6.3 - The role of women

Evaluation Type

The evaluation system is carried out according to the rules defined in the General Regulations Assessment of Knowledge of the Lusíada Universities. In this sense, it is taken into account continuous assessment, namely participation, completion of work, quizzes, etc.

Teaching Resources

In classes are used audiovisual media and computer provided by the University, in particular, through the use of retroprojector, data show,TV and video.



Main Bibliography

Author THOMSON, Alex
Title An Introduction to African Politics
Edition 3ª ed
Place New York
Editor Routledge
Year 2010.
Author GORDON, April; GORDON, Donald
Title Understanding Comtemporary África
Edition 5ª ed
Place Boulder
Editor Lynne Rienner
Year 2013
Author DIAMOND, Larry; PLATTNER, Marc F. (eds.)
Title Democratization in Africa: Progress and Retreat
Edition 2ed
Place Baltimore
Editor The Johns Hopkins University Press
Year 2010

Complementary Bibliography

Author HYDEN, Goran
Title African Politics in Comparative Perspective.
Author United Nations
Title Economic Development in Africa Report 2012.