Mar 31, 2023
POLS 4490 - Nationalism/Ethnic Conflict
Examines the causes and consequences of nationalism and ethnic conflict. Considers the nature of state boundaries and the political contention that can lead to violence based on national and cultural identities. Explores the means to resolve or prevent such conflicts and applies them through experiential learning activities, such as in-class simulations, oral presentations, and the development of policy memos and research papers.
Requisites: POLS 1500 or POLS 2300 or POLS 2500 or permission required
Credit Hours: 3
OHIO BRICKS Bridge: Learning and Doing
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
- Students will be able to analyze and assess competing arguments about the causes and prevention of nationalist and ethnic conflict.
- Students will be able to define key terms and concepts relating to nationalism and ethnic conflict.
- Students will be able to describe and explain select cases of nationalist and ethnic conflict.
- Students will be able to demonstrate an awareness of audience in political science writing and be able to adopt effective strategies for communicating in diverse rhetorical situations.
- Students will be able to design, plan, and deliver a written project that is organized coherently and logically and that employs relevant evidence and examples.
- Students will be able to summarize and critique academic and/or professional literature on selected research topics.
- Students will be able to apply appropriate theories, methodologies, and/or evidence to their research topic.
- Students will be able to develop papers, reports, or presentations that describe their findings and conclusions on their research topics for professional or academic audiences.
- Students will be able to see and make connections across political science and related disciplines about the causes of ethnic conflict, and embody and understand the perspectives of policymakers, interest groups, and citizens in post-conflict societies.
- Students will be able to connect academic knowledge about the causes of ethnic conflict and varieties of post-conflict institutional arrangements to an actual post-conflict scenario through a simulation.
- Students will be able to adapt and apply theories about the causes of ethnic and nationalism conflict and post-conflict institutional formation to a simulated post-conflict scenario and to an ongoing real-world conflict.
- Students will be able to complete a policy memo that analyzes a real-world instance of ethnic conflict and provides policy recommendations based on theories and knowledge as well as the lessons learned during the simulation.
- Students will be able to demonstrate a developing sense of self as a learner by reflecting on the outcome of a political simulation and build on that experience of self-assessment by responding to new and challenging real-world ethnic conflict scenario.
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