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Intergroup Conflict and Reconciliation POLITIC4162

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course examines prejudice, hostility and violence between ethnic groups. It explores both the causes of such intergroup conflict as well as potential avenues for intergroup reconciliation.


This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses





■ One written essay, of 2,500 words, worth 50% of the total course grade. Students will apply theories from the course to explain a case of intergroup conflict or reconciliation.

■ One examination, of 90 minutes' duration, worth 50% of the total course grade. Students will write essays in response to two (of six provided) questions.

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses


Course Aims

This course aims to introduce to students theories explaining why hostility and violence occurs between ethnic groups, and how groups can be reconciled. The course further aims to offer students an opportunity to apply these theories to historical or contemporary examples of intergroup conflict or reconciliation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ describe and evaluate the concepts of ethnic group, identity, prejudice, intergroup conflict and reconciliation

■ describe one or more historical or contemporary examples of intergroup conflict and/or reconciliation in some detail

■ critically evaluate both quantitative and qualitative research on intergroup conflict and reconciliation

■ explain the major theories of intergroup conflict and reconciliation

■ explain historical or contemporary cases of conflict and reconciliation by applying theories of intergroup conflict and reconciliation

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.