Managing Ethnic Conflicts (POL4101.01)

Rotimi Suberu

How should states and the international community respond to protracted and violent conflicts involving ethnic, linguistic, religious or other identity groups? This is/was one of the central challenges of politics and governance in places as diverse as Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Fiji, Iraq, India, Indonesia, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Nigeria, Rwanda/Burundi, Sri Lanka and The Sudans. This course will examine contending explanations for ethnic conflicts, alternative political and constitutional strategies for managing inter-group conflicts, the challenges and opportunities raised by international mediation in deeply divided societies, and case studies of relatively successful and unsuccessful ethnic conflict management.


Learning Outcomes:
Students will learn to:
1. Evaluate contending theories of ethnic conflict;
2. Assess alternative ethnic conflict management strategies and policies;
3. Critique domestic and international responses to contemporary ethnic conflicts;
4. Conduct case studies on successful and/or unsuccessful ethnic conflict management.



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Previous coursework in SCT and/or CAPA. Preference will be given to students who email on a first come first serve basis. Email rsuberu@bennington.edu for more information.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
W 8:30AM - 12:10PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , Advancement of Public Action , All courses , Four Credit , Fully In-Person , Politics
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