Fall/Winter Timetable

POL429H1F L0101

Graduate Course Code: POL2429H1F L0101

Democracy and Ethnic Conflict


This course aims at exploring various facets of how democracy contributes to intensifying or reducing ethnic conflict. Many studies have suggested that democratic institutions in their early stage fuel ethnic violence. Yet, only democratic institutions can provide the kind of institutional channels that allow conflicts to be resolved through negotiation and compromise. We discuss the debates and theoretical propositions that arise from empirical studies on these issues. Some themes include ethnic and national identity; citizenship and identity politics; democratic transitions and ethnic conflict; autonomy and secession.


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Format and Requirements

Conflict Monitor (25%), participation (20%), and research paper (55%).


1.0 POL credit and minimum 14 credits