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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2023-24

GOVT 84.39 Comparative Ethnic Politics

In this seminar we will explore critical questions concerning the impact of ethnic diversity on politics across a wide range of societies. First, we will discuss the construction of ethnic identities, and how these identities are mobilized politically. Second, we will examine the impact of ethnic mobilization on democratic politics. Third, we will look at whether and when mobilized ethnic identities contribute to an increased likelihood of ethnic conflict. Fourth, we will turn to an in-depth case study of Yugoslavia to illustrate theories discussed throughout the semester. The goals of this course are to give you a deep understanding of both major and new debates in comparative ethnic politics, as well as to expose you to a variety of different cases and methodologies. You will get extensive practice in analyzing academic sources, and articulating your own arguments both in class and through your writing. Additionally, you will be able to build upon your own interests through a research paper on a topic of your choosing, and this course will allow you to develop skills towards completing a successful research project.



Degree Requirement Attributes

Dist:INT or SOC; WCult:CI

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