Joshua C. Eastin
POL S 337
Comparative study of collective violence in modern states with emphasis on riots and pogroms. Readings include case materials drawn from Russian pogroms of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Hindu-Muslim riots in modern India, and race riots in the United States and Great Britain. Offered: jointly with JSIS B 337.
This course examines the relationship between various types of collective violence and the state. We will analyze violence in ethnic conflict, revolution, riots, organized crime, and genocide. We will evaluate the relative value of psychological and structural theories in explaining collective violence. In doing so, we will examine the role that individuals, the state and state agents, non-state groups, and international forces play in moderating or encouraging its occurrence. We will then apply these theories to understand both historical and contemporary cases. Violence, aggression, and, brutality permeate every corner of our world. In this course, we will examine the causes and consequences of collective violence to develop a deeper understanding of why and how it transpires, and a richer appreciation for those who have endured it.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture, discussion, and writing.
Completion of POLS 203 and 204 is helpful but not required.
Class assignments and grading
Two exams and weekly writing assignments.