SOC 375 - Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
Section: 002
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
May not be repeated for credit.
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Conflict is an inherent part of human nature, individual relationships and thus society. However, there are important, successful, and often underreported examples of coalition building and coexistence between groups that historically have been in conflict. This course will examine examples of social conflict based on religion, ethnicity, and culture. The course will provide an overview of interdisciplinary theories that help to understand the nature of such conflict (gender, social identity, limited resources, psychological, neurological, communication, anthropological, political science, sociological), and will then review current coalition building and coexistence work among various religious, ethnic, and cultural groups. Conflict as a constructive tool for social change will be analyzed, and important examples of peace and coexistence work in higher education, community programs, and NGOs will be examined (i.e. Oasis of Peace, Slifka Program, UN Difficult Dialogues, Peace Studies Program, etc.). Experiential activities will enhance learning about intergroup conflict and coexistence work.

All course materials and readings will be available on canvas.

Questions regarding this course should be directed to The Program on Intergroup Relations, 734-936-1875,, 1214 South University.

Course Requirements:

Two papers 4-6 p, final paper 8-10 p.

Intended Audience:

This course is intended for students who may have had a previous course in sociology, psychology, or global studies, and are interested in intergroup relations, intergroup conflict, specifically how religion, ethnicity, and culture relate to these areas of study. Students who enroll in this course are eligible to participate in Global Course Connection Study Abroad to Jerusalem in May 2018. For more information, contact Alice Mishkin at

Class Format:

The class is taught as a combination of small and large group discussion and experiential learning activities.

SOC 375 - Intergroup Conflict and Coexistence: Religion, Ethnicity and Culture
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001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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