Topics vary, but always focus on ethnic group relations and nationalism viewed from a broad, comparative, interdisciplinary perspective. Emphasis is heavily cross-cultural, and the geographical coverage world-wide.
Ethno-national conflict has become one of the most pervasive and serious problems in the world since the end of the cold war. The main focus of the seminar will be on the historical circumstances under which ethno-national relations have deteriorated into major conflicts that have led to mass killing and destruction. The seminar will also discuss what, if anything can be done to contain ethnicity and nationalism and prevent such disasters in the future. The students will be graded on the weekly papers and on a 15-20 page research paper that will explain the origins and development of ethno-national conflict in a specific region sometime between the late nineteenth century and today. The papers will also discuss ways of preventing or recurring of conflict in the region.
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