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POL 303 Ethnic Conflict in Global Perspective

This is an era characterized by a global resurgence of ethnic identity and a revival of ancient ethnic antagonisms. This course applies a comparative and historical perspective to the sources and dynamics of ethnic conflict. The processes of ethnic mobilization and social conflict are explored in case studies both global and domestic. Films, fiction, memoirs and classroom exercises are used to explore this topic.


Special information

Overlap: SOC 303 Ethnic Conflict in Global Perspective.
4 Undergraduate credits

Effective March 2, 2000 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Compare and analyze the essential concepts of ethnicity in relationship to the processes of social conflict at an upper division college level.
  • Apply these concepts to analyzing both historical and contemporary case studies at an upper division college level.
  • Critically evaluate and interpret sociological data from a variety of sources at an upper division college level.
  • Write essays that are analytical, internally consistent, and literate at a level consistent with upper division university standards.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Goal 8: Global Perspective

  • Describe and analyze political, economic, and cultural elements which influence relations of states and societies in their historical and contemporary dimensions.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural, social, religious and linguistic differences.
  • Analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution.
  • Understand the role of a world citizen and the responsibility world citizens share for their common global future.

Fall 2023

Section Title Instructor
50 Ethnic Conflict in Global Perspective Porten, John Books Course details