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GOVT3989: Divided Societies

This unit critically examines the role that ethnic conflict plays in national and international politics. Students will have advanced knowledge of nationalism, and close familiarity with current thinking around the role of the ethnic nationalism in particular. This unit will analyse the most influential theories, historical and contemporary, about the role of ethnic nationalism (as opposed to civic nationalism), regionally and internationally. We will consider a range of competing theoretical approaches, concentrating on the theory of a "divided society".

Code GOVT3989
Academic unit Government and International Relations
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Politics or 12 credit points at 2000 level International Relations or 12 senior credit points from Government and International Relations
GOVT2412 or GOVT2442

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. evaluate underlying theories, concepts, assumptions, limitations and arguments
  • LO2. develop and present coherent arguments when evaluating theories
  • LO3. research using archives, libraries, the web and other sources of information
  • LO4. demonstrate openness to new ways of thinking and appreciate the importance of intellectual curiosity as the foundation for learning
  • LO5. work to a deadline, realising this is an important part of one’s life as a student and in preparing for work
  • LO6. confidently and coherently communicate, orally and in writing, to a professional standard in major fields of study.

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