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Магистратура 2018/2019

Этноконфликтология

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Лучший по критерию «Полезность курса для расширения кругозора и разностороннего развития»
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Статус: Курс по выбору (Политика. Экономика. Философия)
Направление: 41.04.04. Политология
Когда читается: 2-й курс, 1, 2 модуль
Формат изучения: без онлайн-курса
Прогр. обучения: Политика. Экономика. Философия
Язык: английский
Кредиты: 3

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The aim of this course is to make students familiar with the major concepts, theories, and debates in Ethnoconflictology – the study of conflictive situations and the appropriate cultural methods of resolving them from an anthropological perspective. Conflict may perhaps be viewed as one of the most intriguing and complex cultural events there exist. It is believed that ethnic conflict is the oldest form of social conflict, and that in fact other types of conflict play only a secondary role. The present course covers the main theoretical concepts of Ethnoconflictology, discusses sources and dynamics of ethnic conflicts, their typology, strategies of conflict reduction and resolution, and ways to heal the society in the post-conflict period. It exposes students to contemporary advanced theoretical approaches to ethnic identity, conflict, and conciliation in a number of specific situations in the contemporary world. The central theme throughout the course is the role of identity in conflict processes and structures The course is intended for students wishing to pursue the study of the processes and consequences of ethnic conflict and violence, and of peacemaking and conciliation in the contemporary world. It will be of interest to those with experience in, or considering a career in conflict prevention and resolution, humanitarian relief and conciliation, as well as to those concerned with general representation of conflict and responses to it.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to make students familiar with the major concepts, theories, and debates in Ethnoconflictology;
  • to develop and/or foster the ability to critically review published research outcomes, which are based on contemporary research and global best practices in Ethnoconflictology;
  • to cultivate students' ability to prepare reports in the proper academic form on topics related to ongoing research activities.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to analyze, verify and assess information, synthesize any lacking details and work in uncertain conditions
  • Ability to learn new research methods and approaches on his/her own, to evolve professionally
  • Ability to carry out research and other professional activities in an international environment
  • Ability to freely use foreign languages for professional communication
  • Ability to communicate effectively with different audiences, to deliver her/his message clearly and to tailor it depending on the audience’s age, education, attitude to the speaker, etc.
  • Ability to report the work results and present them according to required standards
  • Ability to analyze acquired research methods and interpret the results of the research
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
    Ethnoconflictology as a subfield of Anthropology. Ethnoconflictology and Conflictology (Conflict Resolution). Evolution of Ethnoconflictology. Subject and object of Ethnoconflictology. Structure of the discipline.
  • Main Theoretical Concepts of Ethnoconflictology. Ethnic Identity, Culture, and Conflict
    Ethnicity, ethnic group and nation. Problems of definition and relevant theories. Interethnic relations. Culture and conflict. Theoretical concepts of Ethnoconflictology.
  • Ethnic Conflicts: Genesis and Dynamics
    Socio-cultural, political, economic root causes and contexts. Specifics of ethnic conflict. Functions, forms and mechanisms of ethnic conflict. Stages of development. Ethnic conflicts in the modern world
  • Classification of Ethnic Conflicts
    Problems of classification. Ethnic conflicts and other types of conflict. Cultural and ethnic factors in non-ethnic conflicts. Genocide and ethnic cleansing. Specifics of secessionist conflicts.
  • Approaches to Ethnic Conflict Analysis
    Theories of conflict analysis from various disciplines. An anthropological perspective and synthesis. Key criteria and indicators.
  • Regulation of Ethnic Conflict: Strategies and Methods
    Problems of conflict management. Principles of conflict management. Conflict prevention. Promotion of tolerance
  • Conflict Resolution Mechanisms
    De-escalation, peacemaking and peacekeeping. Coercion, consensus, violence, power sharing schemes. Integrated approaches. Negotiations. Tracks of diplomacy. Arbitration and mediation
  • Post-conflict Conciliation
    Sustainability of peace. Aims and priorities of post-conflict political, economic, social reconstruction
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Homework
  • non-blocking Essay (literature review)
  • non-blocking Essay
  • non-blocking Final exam
  • non-blocking Presentation
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Essay + 0.1 * Essay (literature review) + 0.3 * Final exam + 0.2 * Homework + 0.2 * Presentation
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Anderson, B. R. O. (2006). Imagined Communities : Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1694834
  • Cultural contestation in ethnic conflict, Ross, M. H., 2007
  • Ross, M. H. (2007). Cultural Contestation in Ethnic Conflict. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=206682

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Horowitz, S. (2006). Ethnic Conflict and Rebel Group Governance. Conference Papers —— American Political Science Association, 1–41. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=poh&AN=26943818
  • Jones, A. (2016). Genocide : A Comprehensive Introduction (Vol. Third edition). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1435685