Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Spring 2019



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Course Description

This course provides a systematic introduction to the ways in which identity and ethnic issues ("ethnopolitics") and the way they have become institutionalized by various political systems help shape the contemporary world through their impact on national, regional, international, and global relations. The course is divided into three parts. Part I presents the main concepts and historical background needed to understand modern ethno-political relations. Part II looks at key models of recognizing (or not) ethnic and cultural diversity and organizing it as part of the institutional setup of the state and its policies. For each of these key models, we will use a variety of case studies, including from the Ottoman Empire, the former USSR and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, East Asia, and Europe. In doing so, we will ask how each of these models of dealing with ethnic and cultural diversity has affected prospects for peace, conflict and democracy in each of these areas. Part Ill of the course will be devoted to conducting an original group research project. Each group will complete and present an original research paper on a relevant topic related to the concepts and issues discussed in class.