This course examines the political implications of ethnic diversity around the globe. How does ethnic identity relate to nationhood? How do ethnic cleavages affect governance, political mobilization, and development? Does ethnic identification affect a state's propensity for war? How can institutions and policies moderate or exacerbate these tendencies? Students use theory and concrete examples to examine how political scientists measure and compare ethnicity and its effects around the world. While reference to the U.S. and Europe will be made, emphasis will be on Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The course concludes with a weeks-long, in-depth simulation of politics on the Indian subcontinent. This course explores topics across subdisciplines; as such students are encouraged to complete both PG 102 and PG 103 prior to or concurrently with this course. This course counts toward both the Comparative Politics and International Relations subfield concentrations.
Prerequisites: PG 102, 103, or permission of instructor.