Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3241: International Politics of Multi-Ethnic Societies

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Henry Jarrett (Convenor)

Available via distance learning


Conflict is often thought of as primarily taking place between states but what about societies that are divided by intra-state conflict? This module provides an introduction to politics in these societies, which may be divided along ethnic, national, religious, linguistic or other lines. Its primary aim is to compare how politics is structured in terms of methods of conflict management, how government operates, the character of political parties, and the role of electoral systems. Contemporary case studies from different geographical regions (Europe, South East Asia, Africa and Oceania) will be included in order to demonstrate how politics functions in deeply divided societies. The module will also include a global dimension by examining the role of the international community in facilitating and enforcing conflict management. There are no pre-requisite or co-requisite requirements for students to take this module. It is suitable for both specialist and non-specialist students. The module is recommended not only for those studying Politics/International Relations but also Sociology, Anthropology and Human Geography.

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