Political Science | Pol of Ethnicity & Nationalism
Y200 | 3445 | Hale


Y200 Ethnic Politics and Nationalism.  With the end of the Cold War,
ethnic politics and nationalism have played visible roles in many of
the world’s most dangerous and intractable conflicts.  In this
course, students will explore the nature of ethnic identity and
examine its role in such major global events as the collapse of the
USSR, genocides and “ethnic cleansing” in the Balkans and Africa, and
civil war in Afghanistan, as well as problems closer to home in the
United States and Canada.  At the same time, the course will consider
why ethnic groups in many more cases successfully live together in
peace and will search for the best ways to prevent intergroup
violence. Students will also examine how major developments like
globalization and the information revolution may be changing notions
of ethnic identity and whether the result will be a global “clash of
civilizations” or the gradual erosion of ethnic divides.