Course Number

ALST 290

Course Title

Model African Union

Course Date

Spring 2014

Course Level


Professor or Professors' Departmental/Program Affiliation

Mary Moran, Sociology & Anthropology, Africana & Latin American Studies

Document Type



Africana and Latin American Studies, Sociology and Anthropology


A 0.50-credit course. The Model African Union is an annual national student simulation of the workings of a large multilateral organization, the African Union. Composed of 53 member states, the African Union was constituted in 2000 as the successor to the Organization of African Unity (OAU). Its objectives are to achieve continental integration, similar to that of the European Union, in balance with recognizing the national sovereignty of its member states. The Model African Union is in session for four days in late February, hosted by Howard University in Washington D.C., and students from more than 20 colleges and universities around the country participate. The on-campus portion of the course meets weekly for the five weeks prior to the trip and one week after, for debriefing. Students are assigned to specific country delegations and committees, research and prepare position papers, draft resolutions, debate and vote on action items, and generally take on the roles of African diplomats. The trip includes a visit to the embassy of the country each delegation is representing. May be taken more than once, with different country and committee assignments each year. Prerequisite: ALST 201/CORE 189C or another African studies course, or permission of instructor.


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