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Monday, November 16, 2009

COMM 8110

COMM 8110, "Ethnopolitical Conflicts Worldwide: Multi-disciplinary Approaches, Prevention, and Policy Recommendations" is an advanced topics seminar taught by Professor Rosita Albert for spring 2010. The course meets Tuesdays 2:50 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

COMM 8110
COMM 8110 Advanced Topics Seminar for Spring, 2010:
Ethnopoltical Conflicts Worldwide: Multi-disciplinary Approaches, Prevention, and Policy Recommendations
Prof. Rosita Albert
Tues 2:50-5:30 (some flexibility on the schedule possible)
If you are interested in an ethnic conflict and related issues such as globalization, intercultural relations, intergroup relations, immigration, minority/majority relations, media and conflict, etc., this cutting-edge seminar might intrigue you. It is open to graduate students in any related field who want to engage with current work in this area. The seminar will focus on a variety of ethnopolitcal conflicts, on what we can learn about the amelioration and prevention of such conflicts, as well as on recommendations to policy makers.
An exciting part of the seminar will be the rare opportunity for participants to contribute comments to drafts of extensive chapters being submitted for publication in the Handbook of Ethnopolitical Conflict. The Handbook is being edited by Dan Landis and Rosita Albert and will be published by Springer. The chapters cover a wide variety of conflicts, including those in Israel/Palestine, Spain, France, China, India, Mexico, Sudan (Darfur), the Netherlands, Turkey, the Philippines, Peru, Hawaii, Cyprus, and other locations. A number of the chapters deal with immigrants. Others focus on ethnic groups that have been in a location for a long time. Many deal with minority populations.
The authors come from a variety of disciplines and from countries throughout the world. Most of the authors have expertise in intercultural relations. The Handbook will be the first book sponsored by the International Academy for Intercultural Research, a multidisciplinary association of researchers and senior practitioners. One unique feature of the handbook is that authors are following a common outline and are being asked to make recommendations for policy makers.
The seminar will enable participants to gain a broader and deeper understanding of existing conflicts, to enlarge their understanding of approaches to conflict management by reading state-of-the-art materials, to engage with a number of important of issues such as globalization, immigration, minorities, genocide, intergroup relations and related issues, to explore similarities and differences in conflicts in different contexts, regions and countries, and to consider important policy issues.
In addition to drafts of the Handbook, participants will read, discuss, and critique some articles and book chapters, films, videos and other resources from Communication, Psychology, International Relations, Political Science, History and related fields. Course requirements include class contributions (discussions, suggestions of materials, comments, and presentations) and a seminar paper. For further information and/or to indicate your interest on the seminar, please contact Prof. Albert at alber001@umn.edu.