Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3126: Ethno-Politics: Theoretical Considerations and Case Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Lecturing and class discussion focused on specific learning tasks. Teaching of subject knowledge will be through a combination of lectures and presentations. Each presentation is based on topics drawn from the lectures. Students will be required to give presentation/s on an aspect of the scheduled topic, after which feedback will be given. Other members of the group will have prepared for the class by directed reading and private study. Students are provided with a module handout consisting of background material to inform lecture topics.


Week 1: Introduction

Week 2: Ethnicity and its politicization

Week 3: Nation, nationalism and ethnicity

Week 4: Ethnic conflict: causes, course and actors

Week 5: Conflict settlement and resolution

Week 6: Case 1: State and nation building: Demographic engineering in the late Ottoman Empire

Week 7: Case 2: The Kurdish conflict, an ethnic conflict?

Week 8: Essay workshop

Week 9: Case 3: The Rwandan Genocide

Week 10: Living with the past: Memory, justice and reconciliation

Week 11: Case 4: Justice and reconciliation in Rwanda

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity22Lectures
Guided Independent study128Directed learning and private study outside the classroom including : reading set texts provided in the reading list; wider reading; preparation for individual presentations; preparing drafts of essays; and revising for examinations.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Web based and electronic resources:


Penn Program in Ethnic Conflict - University of Pennsylvania


Centre for the Study of Ethnic Conflict – Queen’s University Belfast


Exeter Centre for Ethno-Political Studies – University of Exeter




Other Learning Resources

Other resources:


Ethnopolitics Journal

Ethnopolitics papers