POLSCI 489 - Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science
Section: 004 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Political Science (POLSCI)
Department: LSA Political Science
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Seniors only.
Repeatability:
May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

Francis Fukuyama in 1989 wrote that the world was at the end of history, meaning that there would be no more ideological wars because the liberal, democratic consensus was shared by all powerful countries. This was probably the most famous and most audacious prediction following the end of the Cold War. As a prediction it was also a spectacular failure in large measure due to several massively destructive ethno-nationalist wars that took place in the 1990’s. The aim of this course is to try to understand these wars, as well as conflicts inspired by nationalism in general. Students will examine the most current theoretical literature on ethno-nationalist conflicts, focusing on such theories as the security dilemma, commitment problems, scapegoating, the role of nationalist narratives, etc. We will also look at some prescriptive theories on how to settle disputes in divided societies, such as ethnic separation, consociationalism, federal constitutions, etc. The empirical focus will be on the conflicts of the post-Communist space. We will study not just conflicts, however, but also some interesting and puzzling cases of peace when people expected war.

POLSCI 489 - Advanced Topics in Contemporary Political Science
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Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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43659
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Meets with ORGSTUDY 495.001.
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Meets with ORSGSTUDY 495.003
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