This course will give students some understanding of the forms, causes, and consequences of ethnic conflict, genocide, and other types of civil violence. We will begin with a brief overview of the patterns of ethnic conflict and civilian victimization over the last century. We will then survey the major theoretical schools in history, sociology, and political science that have emerged to explain the causes of genocide at different levels of analysis. The final collaborative project will require students to develop a Genocide Awareness and Prevention website that includes both empirical and historiographical research methods, using sub-national analysis to inform international activism.
This course satisfies: SO and Upper-Level. In addition, “S” course spring requirement is pending.