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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Spring 2007

GOV 365N • Ethnic Conflict and Democracy

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38892 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
PAR 103

Course Description

Why does ethnic conflict play such an important role in politics in some countries but not others? What is the relationship between ethnic identities, religious ones, and nationalism? Is it possible to have democracy in societies that are deeply divided by ethnic, religious, or nationalist divisions? To what extent should these questions play a role in the shaping of American policy? These are the questions that will be addressed by this course.

Grading Policy

Two short papers 40% (20% each) Final examination 60%


Daniel Chirot and Martin Seligman, Ethnopolitical Warfare: Causes, Consequences, and Possible Solutions Anthony Smith, Nationalism Orlando Patterson, The Ordeal of Integration Francis Fukuyama, America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy


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