Ethnopolitics - ZHSS3417

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

School: School of Humanities and Social Sciences @ UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Course Outline: ZHSS3417 Course Outline

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: ZHSS1401 and ZHSS1402

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course examines the relationship between 'ethnicity' (broadly defined) and politics. Students will be introduced to the conceptual debates within the multidisciplinary field of ethnic studies and will be required to critically assess the political dynamics of specific case studies. Part I examines definitional debates about ethnicity and nationalism and considers the relationship between theory and policy. Part II compares and contrasts various political and social contexts where ethnic cleavages have become sources of conflict and those where communal differences have not led to conflict. In particular the claim that democracy and civil society offer some insurance against ethnic conflict will be scrutinised. Part III examines the international politics of ethnic conflict. Many contemporary ethnic conflicts have their origins in the legacies of imperialism. Modern forces such as globalisation have exacerbated or ameliorated the conditions for ethnic conflict. Part IV surveys strategies for the management, resolution and reconciliation between ethnic communities.


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