The course examines Africa’s place and role in the conduct of international affairs. The socio-historical path, trodden by the continent in an effort to be part of the global system is assessed. Special emphasis is placed on the kind of impact the global system has on Africa at every turn in the continent’s history. Consequently, issues such as colonialism, neo-colonialism, the Cold War and its demise, the Debt Crisis, Structural Adjustment and Globalisation challenges are stressed. These are discussed against the background of contending theoretical positions, especially neo-classicists and structuralists.