Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
rary Arab World. Putting the broader theories of the State in conversation with the empirical reality of the Arab world, it describes how a particular model of State developed in the Arab region in the 19th and 20th centuries, as a result of both external inﬂuences and internal factors. It discusses some of the dominant features of this model (authoritarianism, rentierism, corporatism, etc.) and shows how the model has been transformed in the last few decades. By identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the model, the course explains why the Arab States and regimes have been so resilient throughout the 20th century, and why, with the recent ‘Arab revolutions', some of them are now being challenged. Required reading : OWEN, Roger. State, Power and Politics in the Making of the Modern Middle East. Routledge, 2004 ; SALAME, Ghassan, LUCIANI, Giacomo, BEBLAWI, Hazem and al. Nation, State and Integration in the Arab World (4 volumes). Croom Helm, 1987 (Excerpts) ; AYUBI, Nazih. Over-Stating the Arab State : Politics and Society in the Middle East. I.B. Tauris 1996 (Excerpts) ; GUAZZONE, Laura, PIOPPI, Daniela. The Arab State and Neo-Liberal Globalization : The Restructuring of State Power in the Middle East. Ithaca Press, 2010 (Excerpts) ; SELVIK, Kjetil, STENSLIE, Stig. Stability and Change in the Modern Middle East. I.B. Tauris, 2011 (Excerpts).
Pedagogical method : Substantive presentations will be made for each session, with extensive student interaction. An individual tutorial for each student for discussion of term paper and other mentoring as needed. A guest speaker will be invited. Course Description : The course aims to equip students with a sound understanding of the determinants of effective public action for and with children in the African context. After reviewing the prevailing development and humans rights discourses, and key features of the content, implementation mechanisms and conceptual underpinning of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, it examines the place of child rights in national legislation, policies, plans, and budgets, as well as in donor and UN practice. The course analyses policy processes and political decision making regarding children, amidst pressures from powerful societal actors competing for policy space and scarce resources. Illustrative cases are analyzed, focusing on the rights to survival and development, education, and protection. Attention is given to “child agency” and the right to expression. Through a synthesis of published and “grey” literature blended with the lecturer's extensive experience, the objectives are : to provide students with a sound grasp of key concepts and issues regarding child rights policy and practice in the African context ; to equip students with a good understanding of key determinants of effective public policy and societal action to improve child wellbeing and the fulﬁllment of their rights ; to introduce students to strategies, methods and networks that will help them as future development professionals to act more effectively for and with children. Required reading : UN, 1989. Convention on the Rights of the Child. United Nations General Assembly Document, A/RES/44/25 ; OAU, 1990. The African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of Children. OAU Doc.CAB/LEG/24.9/49 ; Imoh Twum-Danso, Afua. 2014. ‘Realizing children's rights in Africa” in A. Twum- Danso and Nicola Ansell (eds.) Children's Lives in an Era of Children's Rights. The Progress of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Africa. London : Routledge ; Ennew, Judith, 2000. ‘'The History of
THE POLITICS AND PRACTICE OF CHILD RIGHTS IN AFRICA : RHETORIC AND REALITY
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Ian HOPWOOD (UNICEF Representative). Pedagogical format : Seminar Course validation : Students will be assessed on their active class participation, including one classroom presentation (25%) ; and a term paper on a sele