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Department of International Relations and European Studies

Joštova 10, CZ-602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
tel: 00 420 - 549 495 224, fax: 00 420 - 549 491 920

MVZ208 Ethnic Conflicts in South Caucasus

Lecturer: Mgr. Zinaida Shevchuk

Course description:
The course is created to broaden student’s knowledge about conflicts in one of the ethnically complex regions of the world – South Caucasus. The region is located at a crossroad between Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East - it’s a meeting place of different traditions and cultures: Christian and Islamic. This is a region, where regional and world great powers compete for political influence and for control over energy resources. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, there were created three independent states Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, which went through turmoil and armed conflicts. The current situation in the South Caucasus highlights the troubled legacy of the former Soviet Union and ongoing process of multilayered political, economic, territorial and social reconfiguration.

In order to understand the logic of these conflicts, the first part of the course presents a conceptual and theoretical framework how to study ethnic conflict. Such framework will include three main levels of analysis: the systemic level, the domestic level and the perceptual level.

The second part will be concentrated on the explanation of the causes and results of ethnic conflicts in South Caucuses and the current situation. In this part students are expected to apply theory to practice and explore the nature and context of the conflict and its changing characteristic features.
The aim of the course:
To examine the nature of conflicts in the South Caucasus with respect to factors that generates those conflicts and their change in time.

To explore theoretical perspective on ethnic conflict

Develop students’ skills in conflict analysis
The course is completed by an examination. There will be two exams in this course: a midterm exam and a final exam.

Grades in this course will be determined by the following:

Reading and Class Participation (10%)

Midterm 30% (covering the material in the first half of the course)

Final 60%

Written test will examine the students’ understanding of systemic, domestic and perceptual causes of the origins of conflict, the causes and consequence of the conflicts considered and ability to apply these conceptual tools to contemporary conflicts in the South Caucasus. Final test will be based on the compulsory literature and the presented matter, with the success rate of 60 % points.
Final Grading:
A. 92 – 100, B. 84 – 91, C. 76 – 83, D. 68 – 75, E. 60 - 67

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