Seminar: Political Violence

Instructor: Prof. Sabine Carey

Die Veranstaltung gilt gemäß Prüfungsordnung für/Recommended for: 

Master/CDSS Seminar

Course Description:

In this course, we will engage with leading contemporary research on various forms of political violence, including civil war, ethnic conflict, repression and genocide. The main goal of the course is to think critically about a set of substantive questions about political violence. Why have some states been more peaceful than others? What explains the onset and termination of civil wars? Why do governments repress their own citizens and how can this be prevented? How can a country attempt to deal with the aftermath of political violence? This course explores these questions. In the last decades, both scholars and policy makers have increasingly paid attention to conflicts going on within, rather than between, states. The course introduces students to theoretical debates and empirical trends on intrastate conflicts and political violence.


Fearon, James D. 1995. ”Rationalist Explanations for War.” International Organization 49(3): 379-414.

Blattman, C., and E. Miguel. 2010. ”Civil War.” Journal of Economic Literature 48 (1): 3-57.

Weinstein, Jeremy M. 2007. Inside Rebellion: The Politics of Insurgent Violence. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include regular attendance, active class participation, incl. a class presentation and two short literature critiques and acting as a discussant) and a research paper.

Dates and Times:  Tuesday 12:00-13:30 (weekly), from 12.02.2013 to 28.05.2013, Room: B 6, 23-25 Bauteil A (Hörsaalgebäude) – A 1.02