This course provides a framework for understanding and analyzing the causes of ethnic and communal violence. Using a comparative approach, this course is structured around two questions: 1) How do people come to hold certain identities and how do they become politically relevant? 2) How do these identities drive and influence processes of violence? The first part of the course introduces students to the literature on identity formation and the major theoretical approaches to explaining ethnic and communal violence. The second part of the course is empirical. Students will apply key concepts and theories learned in the first part of the course to a number of in-depth case studies. Cases are diverse in terms of geographic area (Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa and Europe), time period, and forms of violence (genocide, civil war, riots).
POL 377, Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing (University of Toronto), 2019 (Grading Only)
WDW 151&152, Order and Disorder (Woodsworth College, University of Toronto), 2018-2109 (Grading Only)
POL111, Canada in Comparative Perspective (University of Toronto, Mississauga campus), 2015.
POL101, Democracy, Dictatorship, War and Peace (University of Toronto), 2009.
POL B81H, International Conflict and Conflict Management (University of Toronto, Scarborough Campus), 2009.