One Ethnic Politics Essay as Final (10—12 pages, maximum, double-spaced with 11/12 Font)
The student will critically assess one (identity politics) concept/(ethnic) conflict from the assigned readings. This can be a theoretical analysis of approaches to ethnic conflict, analysis of an idea within the scope of identity politics, including ethnicity, a comparative study of an ethnic conflict, or a case study through a theoretical analysis in terms of evaluating the conflict and/or its resolution. The essay will be submitted on Turnitin.com—instructions for registering to the course account will be given in class at a later time. Key features of the report are outlined directly below.
1. What (define concept/them) or Where (background of conflict) — Concise background about the IR concept/idea or problem.
2. Why — (As concept) Discuss why it is such an important concept in international affairs. (As case study/conflict) Discuss why this is an important conflict.
3. Compare/Contrast — With the use of either the textbooks above and/or other documentation compare and contrast two-three theoretical/analytical approaches to the study of ethnic conflict or one-two case studies of ethnic conflict around the world.
Grading of essays will be based on your writing ability and persuasion of argument. I will provide an essay matrix that will guide your writing and categorize key areas from which your report will be graded.