Units of Study

GOVT2442 - Comparative Politics of Ethnic Conflict

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Martin John Kear


This unit examines the role that ethnic conflict plays in national and international politics. Under modernity, settler societies, former colonies, ex-communist nations and liberal democracies have had to deal with the political consequences of ethnic tensions. This unit considers ethnicity and nationalism as perennial forces often released when imperial systems break up. The systems of the European, Ottoman, and Soviet empires all produced species of nationalism and ethnic conflict. From this conjuncture, the nation states of modern Europe emerged while statehood was built in modern Africa and South America out of the break up of the modern European empires. The so-called "new nationalism" of the post-Soviet Empire is yet another round of de-colonization, in which power is devolved to elites on the periphery but popular movements are also involved. This unit is comparative and covers competing theoretical approaches.


1x2hr final exam (40%), 1x2500wd essay (50%), and tutorial participation (10%)


2x1-hr lectures/week, 1x1-hr tutorial


12 Junior credit points from Government



Additional Information

As part of the 2014 curriculum review this unit of study has been replaced by GOVT3989. This unit of study will not be offered again.


  10am 11am 12pm 1pm 2pm 3pm 4pm 5pm




The information displayed above is indicative only as online information is subject to change without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney