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Ethnicity, Group Identities, & Multiculturalism
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The course will begin with
an examination of the concept of ethnicity and of what constitutes an ethnic
group. We will also examine the relation of ethnicity to other group
identities, such as language, religion, etc., but especially to the notions
of race and nation. How do ethnic group identities differ from other
group identities? We will also examine examples of ethnic conflict
and how ethnic identities relate to nationalist identities. Finally,
we will discuss the prospects for multi-cultural states, which attempt
to incorporate a variety of distinct and strong group identities.
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Paper (35%) Students are required to submit a paper analyzing a current ethnic conflict (guidelines and topic choices for these papers will be supplied by the instructor). Target length for these papers will be 6-8 pages. Students will be required to submit a 4-5 page draft of the paper at the beginning of the third week of the term (see calendar below).
Two exams (25% each) Students will be required to write two in-class exams. A major portion of these exams will consist of essay answers.
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Jan. 3 M Introduction Jan. 4 Tu Ethnicity, group Identity, and race Jan. 5 W " Jan. 6 Th " Jan. 7 F " Jan. 10 M Nationalism Jan. 11 Tu " Jan. 12 W " Jan. 13 Th (EXAM) Jan. 14 F Ethnic conflict Jan. 17 M " Jan. 18 Tu " (Paper Draft Due) Jan. 19 W Multiculturalism Jan. 20 Th " Jan. 21 F " Jan. 24 M " (Paper Due) Jan. 25 Tu " Jan. 26 W (EXAM)Return to top