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Module

POL3106 : Democracy in Deeply Divided Societies

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Ian O'Flynn
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The general aim of this module is to develop, in a structured and interactive manner, a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and prospects for democracy in societies deeply divided along ethnic lines. Its more particular aim is to gain key analytic skills necessary to:
1.       compare and evaluate alternative conceptions of ethnicity;
2.       compare and evaluate competing theories of ethnic conflict;
3.       compare and evaluate competing theories of institutional-design for deeply divided societies;
4.       critically evaluate efforts on the part of international community to build democracy in deeply divided societies;
5.       critically evaluate the prospects for democracy in particular countries.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module focuses on the challenges and prospects for democracy in societies deeply divided along ethnic lines. It examines competing theories of ethnicity, ethnic conflict, negotiation, power sharing, federalism and international mediation. While the module is theory driven, it uses a range of illustrative examples from around the globe, including Belgium, Bosnia, Burundi, Cyprus, Iraq, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Reading Lists

Timetable