September 10, 2021

Course Introduction

Today’s Agenda

1. Personal Introduction

2. Course Learning Objectives

3. Course Expectations/Assignments

4. Course Policies

Personal Introduction

My Approach


  • Historical cases
  • Rigorous statistical analysis
  • “Big data”


  • How is violence used to produce ethnicity/race?
  • How is media/discourse used to enable/stop violence?
  • What are the political consequences of violence?

Course Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives: Academic

  • What is ethnicity/race?
  • Where do ethnic/racial groups come from?
  • Why ethnic conflict? Is it different than other political conflicts, and why?
  • Why does ethnic violence occur?

Course Expectations

Your grade

Item Number Fraction of Grade
Reading Responses 10 (10*2.5) 25%
Short Papers 3 (3*15) 45%
Final Assignment 1 30%

Reading Responses:

  • Do 10 out of 12 weeks
  • On Canvas discussion board
  • Describe key idea/insight from reading(s) and connect it to (another course, course reading, personal experience, real world example, etc.)
  • Graded for effort: 100 you tried;, 71 if it shows minimal effort, 0 if nothing.
  • Best 7 out of 10

Grading: Papers

\(\bullet\) One TA

\(\bullet\) Rubrics

\(\bullet\) Validation

Due Wednesdays (poll)

Grading: Capstone Assignment

  • Some independent research
  • A sort of “guided” paper: specific questions you need to answer

What you need to do:

\(\bullet\) Attend lecture:

  • in-class discussion/activities
  • slides not enough

\(\bullet\) Read

  • on “Modules” tab
  • reading responses

\(\bullet\) Canvas

What I will do

\(\bullet\) Slides

  • AFTER class.

\(\bullet\) Lecture Notes

  • list of students willing to share

\(\bullet\) Office Hours

  • Wednesdays or by appointment on Zoom

\(\bullet\) Speed

Course Policies

Late Assignments:

\(\bullet\) Scheduling Conflict

  • Need to know ASAP to get a concession

\(\bullet\) Arts Advising

  • may give retroactive concessions

\(\bullet\) Lateness

  • non-catastrophic deduction

Grade Appeals:

letter to TA, 48 hours after, written argument

Grades can change \(\Updownarrow\)

Public Health

  • Masks required, but concessions are possible
  • Please don’t come if you feel ill; I will follow same protocol
  • Sharing notes, easy concessions/forgiving lateness policies.
  • Asynchronous/online a possibility, but not preferred.

Sensitive Material

  • A sort of “trigger” warning

Don’t be “that guy”