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    May 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Bulletin]

PSCI 3570 - Ethnic and Civil Conflict

To examine the competing theories of the causes of civil and ethnic conflicts, to analyze processes that may lead to major human suffering when these conflicts turn into horrific wars, and to discuss possible ways to alleviate short- and long-term human suffering these conflicts create.

Content: Emphasis on theoretical works and selected case studies from the contemporary world. students are expected (1) to define, understand, and use concepts and terms relevant to the study of civil and ethnic conflict; (2) to analyze and think critically about the effects of different forces on these types of conflicts with the appreciation that societies have different cultural, economic, sociological, and historical settings; (3) to suggest ways to reduce, if not totally eliminate, the negative influence of these conflicts on individuals and collectivities, and finally (4) to have a working knowledge of challenges that these types of conflicts hold for the future of world politics. Extensive case studies will be drawn from various parts of the world.

Taught: Annually

Credits: 4