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Course name
African Politics
University of California, Berkeley
Martha Wilfahrt
Wikipedia Expert
Shalor (Wiki Ed)
Political Science
Course dates
2020-01-21 00:00:00 UTC – 2020-05-16 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

This course introduces students to modern African politics, focusing on the region’s political trends and trajectories from the colonial era to the present. We begin by studying the region’s political experiences through the turn of the 21st century before turning to current dilemmas and questions in African politics. Particular attention is paid to the prospects for and constraints on economic development and democratic consolidation and contemporary challenges, such as the rise of new forms of political participation and political challenges to the state. Reoccurring themes include the interaction of formal and informal institutions in African societies, Africa’s position in the global economy and the nature of the state in Africa, highlighting throughout both what is specific to Africa and its sub-regions and where the continent’s politics find broader comparability with other world regions.

Students will individually write or expand on a topic related to African Politics to help fill many existing gaps.

Student Assigned Reviewing
Liliananrodriguez Economy of Lesotho Coffee production in Uganda, Energy in Benin
Nna Bankoo 3 Years Jotna, Three Years Jotna Rosemary yin
Carlosesca Witchcraft Beliefs in Ghana African heavy metal, Mmanwu
Zainabmojaddedi Islam in Ethiopia Bauchi prison break, Religion in Ethiopia
Elysegross New Partnership for Africa's Development E-School Program
I am Osigwe 1993 Nigerian presidential election Camp TURKSOM, Chrislam in Nigeria
Katerichards14 Zambian National Women's Lobby Abortion in Uganda, Women Forward
FernazMohamadi Women Forward Women in Zambia, Zambian National Women's Lobby
Cassitymega Child Rights Act in Nigeria
Jillychoi China–Sudan relations Chad–China relations, Belt and Road Initiative
Imwesley First Sudanese Civil War African Independence Movements, Western Sahara conflict, Halloween Massacre (Angola)
Jmrizo Petroleum industry in Equatorial Guinea Deforestation in Kenya, Corruption in Democratic Republic of Congo
Yesenia23pinon Ancestral land conflict in Botswana Land Apportionment Act of 1930, Tomlinson Report
Gonzalez.selinav Citizenship of the Democratic Republic of Congo Ethnic groups in Burundi, Delmas Treason Trial
JamesAGunn Healthcare in Botswana Operation Lifeline Sudan, HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe
Taram21 Tomlinson Report Land Apportionment Act of 1930, Ancestral land conflict in Botswana
Jordanminer Urban rail transit in Africa Belt and Road Initiative, China-Sudan relations
Harley Vistan Multilingual Education in Africa New Partnership for Africa's Development E-School Program, Education in Niger
Ericaw5 African Independence Movements, African independence movements Western Sahara conflict, The Halloween Massacre (Angola)
Anniecprice Education in Niger Multilingual Education in Africa, New Partnership for Africa's Development E-School Program
Jagcataldo Chad–China relations Urban rail transit in Africa, China–Sudan relations
Carolynyoung31 Mmanwu African heavy metal, Witchcraft Beliefs in Ghana
Rosemary yin Peace and Security Council
Kateim Social Media Usage in Politics in Africa, Social media use in African politics 2020 Togolese presidential election, Danielna418/sandbox
Nilsuc Camp TURKSOM 1993 Nigerian presidential election, African Giant
Aleks.Milligan Cybercrime in Ghana
MargaretGarry HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe Healthcare in Botswana, Operation Lifeline Sudan
Katemalone99 Biowatch South Africa Deforestation in Kenya, Petroleum industry in Equatorial Guinea
Erikbcervantes Coffee production in Uganda The Alliance for Agroecology in West Africa, Economy of Lesotho
Brany Barragan Deforestation in Kenya Corruption in Democratic Republic of Congo, Social Media Usage in Politics in Africa
Laleeibssa Delmas Treason Trial Ethnic groups in Burundi, Citizenship of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Mansaiconner Corruption in Uganda
Kristinatseng Energy in Benin Coffee production in Uganda, Agroecology in West Africa
Liliana.Guti Land Apportionment Act of 1930 Tomlinson Report, Ancestral land conflict in Botswana
SabreenAbd Egypt's Corruption 3 Years Jotna, Corruption in Sierra Leone
Noahtalamantes Prison Reform in South Africa
Hprior African heavy metal Witchcraft Beliefs in Ghana, Mmanwu
Nbalkam Religion in Ethiopia Islam in Ethiopia, Bauchi prison break
Aobessette 2020 Togolese presidential election African Socialism, Social Media Usage in Politics in Africa
Alostrom Women in Zambia Abortion in Uganda, Zambian National Women's Lobby
Tooba99 Abortion in Uganda Women Forward, Women in Zambia, Zambian National Women's Lobby
Racheltlee Belt and Road Initiative, List of projects of the Belt and Road Initiative Chad–China relations, Urban rail transit in Africa
Shenali.P Chrislam in Nigeria 1993 Nigerian presidential election, Camp TURKSOM
Danielna418 Thomas Sankara African Socialism, 2020 Togolese presidential election
Ajhwik Bauchi prison break Religion in Ethiopia, Islam in Ethiopia
Rayleenp The Zimbabwe Hunger Crisis Operation Lifeline Sudan, Healthcare in Botswana
Davitg13 Ethnic groups in Burundi Citizenship of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Delmas Treason Trial
SachiyoOuchi Agroecology in West Africa Energy in Benin, Economy of Lesotho
Thegreatsloth Operation Lifeline Sudan HIV/AIDS in Zimbabwe, The Zimbabwe Hunger Crisis
Farahnazkhurshid Corruption in Democratic Republic of Congo, International Rights Advocates v. Apple, Microsoft, Dell, Tesla
Ofarrell1998 African Socialism, African socialism Thomas Sankara, Social Media Usage in Politics in Africa
Mitchellf689 Halloween massacre (Angola) First Sudanese Civil War
Sealbillo Western Sahara conflict African Independence Movements, First Sudanese Civil War
Mordian Corruption in Sierra Leone
DrewTamez User:DrewTamez/sandbox, LGBT in Ghana: Public Opinion and Life, LGBT rights in Ghana
AmandaMiskell Economic Freedom Fighters, Land reform in South Africa
Dominic.barretto123 Human trafficking in Zimbabwe
Barrettopaul56 Wealth inequality in South Africa


Week 5

Course meetings
Tuesday, 18 February 2020   |   Thursday, 20 February 2020
In class - Introduction to the Wikipedia assignment

Welcome to your Wikipedia assignment's course timeline. This page guides you through the steps you'll need to complete for your Wikipedia assignment, with links to training modules and your classmates' work spaces.

Your course has been assigned a Wikipedia Expert. You can reach them through the Get Help button at the top of this page.


Assignment - Get started on Wikipedia

Create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you. (Because of Wikipedia's technical restraints, you may receive a message that you cannot create an account. To resolve this, please try again off campus or the next day.)


This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 6

Course meetings
Tuesday, 25 February 2020   |   Thursday, 27 February 2020
Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia


Evaluate an article

Week 7

Course meetings
Tuesday, 3 March 2020   |   Thursday, 5 March 2020
Assignment - Choose possible topics


Choose a topic

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 6

In class - Discussion

What's a content gap?

Week 8

Course meetings
Tuesday, 10 March 2020   |   Thursday, 12 March 2020
Assignment - Add to an article


Add a citation

Week 9

Course meetings
Tuesday, 17 March 2020   |   Thursday, 19 March 2020
Assignment - Start drafting your contributions

Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have questions using the Get Help button at the top of this page.

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, pages 7–9

Guide(s) for writing articles in your topic area


Political Science


Everyone has begun writing their article drafts.

Week 10

Course meetings
Tuesday, 31 March 2020   |   Thursday, 2 April 2020
Assignment - Peer review two articles

Guiding framework

In class - Discussion

Thinking about Wikipedia


Every student has finished reviewing their assigned articles, making sure that every article has been reviewed.

Week 11

Course meetings
Tuesday, 7 April 2020   |   Thursday, 9 April 2020
Assignment - Respond to your peer review

You probably have some feedback from other students and possibly other Wikipedians. Consider their suggestions, decide whether it makes your work more accurate and complete, and edit your draft to make those changes.


  • Editing Wikipedia, pages 12 and 14
  • Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have any questions.

Week 12

Course meetings
Tuesday, 14 April 2020   |   Thursday, 16 April 2020
Assignment - Begin moving your work to Wikipedia

Now that you've improved your draft based on others' feedback, it's time to move your work live - to the "mainspace."

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 13

Week 13

Course meetings
Tuesday, 21 April 2020   |   Thursday, 23 April 2020
Assignment - Continue improving your article


Add links to your article

Now's the time to revisit your text and refine your work. You may do more research and find missing information; rewrite the lead section to represent all major points; reorganize the text to communicate the information better; or add images and other media.

Week 14

Course meetings
Tuesday, 28 April 2020   |   Thursday, 30 April 2020
Assignment - Polish your work

Continue to expand and improve your work, and format your article to match Wikipedia's tone and standards. Remember to contact your Wikipedia Expert at any time if you need further help!

Week 15

Course meetings
Tuesday, 5 May 2020   |   Thursday, 7 May 2020
Assignment - Final article

It's the final week to develop your article.

  • Read Editing Wikipedia page 15 to review a final check-list before completing your assignment.
  • Don't forget that you can ask for help from your Wikipedia Expert at any time!
Assignment - Reflective essay

Guiding questions

Week 16

Course meetings
Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Everyone should have finished all of the work they'll do on Wikipedia, and be ready for grading.