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

Spring 2010

GOV 360N • War and Territory

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
38901 TTh
8:00 AM-9:30 AM
MEZ 1.206

Course Description

Disputes over territory are often violent and intractable. Why do states and ethnic groups fight over territory? In this course students study the following: the economic, emotional, and political value of territory; the political organization of empires versus modern states; boundaries; the geography of ethnic conflict; and interstate territorial disputes. Readings include literature from political science, history, and sociology. This course will be very demanding both with respect to paper writing and reading. It counts toward the writing component requirement. The course will be conducted as both lecture and seminar. Students will be expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings and present their research.

Grading Policy

20% - Class participation 20% each - 2 short papers 40% – Research paper (15-20 pages)




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