|A||Spring Term 2021-22|
Many contemporary conflicts are characterised in the media as 'ethnic conflicts'. Yet it is not clear that ethnic hatred actually caused these conflicts. So what is the relationship between ethnicity and conflict? This module explores this issue through both a critical discussion of ethnicity and its relation to nation-states, and the study of recent conflicts such as those in Rwanda, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Northern Ireland. The main focus of the module is on the ways that ethnic identities are politicised and transformed during political mobilisation, violent conflicts and peace processes. This raises practical issues of how ethnicity can best be managed in postconflict situations, and whether reconciliation can be achieved, and politics de-ethnicized after a conflict. Along the way we examine processes of creating ethnic boundaries, the politicisation of ethnicity, and the importance of territory, landscape and place in contemporary ethnic mobilisation and conflict.
The module is taught by lectures and seminars.
Students will receive written timely feedback on their formative assessment. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor's feedback and guidance hours.
Students will receive written feedback on their summative assessment no later than 20 working days after submission; and the module tutor will hold a specific session to discuss feedback, which students can also opt to attend. They will also have the opportunity to discuss their feedback during the module tutor's regular feedback and guidance hours.
Oberschall, Anthony (2007) Conflict and Peace Building in Divided Societies: Responses to Ethnic Violence London and New York: Routledge.