Governance in Africa: Elections, Politics and Civil Society

Continuing education course (12/13 September 2019)

In 2019, several major African countries are holding general or presidential elections, including Nigeria, South Africa, Mozambique und Senegal. Elections are volatile junctures in African politics and in many instances allow compelling insights into the relation between state and society. In this course, elections serve as a point of departure for an engagement with the key structures and processes that constitute governance and politics.

Participants develop a thorough understanding of key concepts of governance, engage with the role of different actors involved in politics and appreciate different approaches to political order and transformation. In particular, the course addresses democratization processes in various African states, civil society agency in different settings as well as governance in fragile and conflict-affected contexts.

  • Key concepts of governance
  • Myths and meanings of the state
  • Elections and democratization
  • The role of civil society actors
  • Governance in fragile contexts

Depending on demand, the course is taught in English or German.

12 September 2019, 9am-5pm
13 September 2019, 9am-5pm

The course is awarded with 1 ECTS credit for the CAS in African Affairs (assessment required).

CHF 690 incl. course documentation; travel expenses, accommodation and meals are not included.

Additional fee for assessment (required for ECTS credits): CHF 60

Registration deadline: 31 August 2019

Coordinator continuing education