HRTS 5899: Governance, Development & Human Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Instructor: Dr. Semahagn Gashu Abebe

With your advisor’s approval, graduate courses may be included in your Honors Final Plan of Study for graduation. They also count toward your Honors participation requirements.

This seminar will examine governance and development in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on topics of institutional development, good governance, democratization, human rights, globalisation and regional integration efforts. Students will critically analyze the opportunities and challenges of sustainable development and governance issues in Sub-Saharan Africa and compare and contrast the African context with development and governance patterns in the global north.

Dr. Abebe earned is doctoral degree at the University of Göttingen (Germany) and is a visiting scholar in the Human Rights Institute in 2015-2016.

Advanced undergraduate students are welcome. Please contact Rachel Jackson at or Dr. Abebe at for more information.