ASTK18297U Community, Culture and Citizenship
Bachelor student (2012 programme curriculum): 10 ECTS
Bachelor student (2017 programme curriculum): 7.5 ECTS
Master student: 7.5 ECTS
Notice: It is only possible to enroll for one course having a 3-day compulsory written take-home exam due to coincident exam periods.
This elective focuses on the intersections of political community and cultural pluralism in contemporary political theory, closely examining the interplay between the reality of multiculturalism and the theorization of political and civic solidarity. It will discuss several prominent contributions to this subject, ranging from the 1980s to the present day, highlighting their strengths, weaknesses and the interactions between them. Each approach offers a different interpretation of this relationship and a different set of lessons to be learned in contemporary circumstances, whether the approach be Benjamin Barber’s strong democracy, Iris Marion Young’s concept of the city, David Miller’s national identity, Will Kymlicka’s liberal multiculturalism, or Bhikhu Parekh’s intercultural dialogue.
By the end of the course, students will be able to demonstrate a deeper knowledge of:
- The concepts of political community, cultural pluralism and citizenship as they relate to the selected literature.
- The core contributors to this field of study, and how they relate to one another.
- The various strengths and weaknesses within each theoretical approach.
- A greater understanding and respect for difference and diversity as concepts in analytic political theory.
Students will develop their skills in:
Comparing and analyzing different theoretical perspectives within the selected literature and in political theory more broadly.
Applying key theoretical concepts to new and unexpected political developments relating to the field of study.
Critically reflecting on concepts and how they relate to broader theoretical approaches.
Understanding the historical and theoretical relationships between seemingly discrete positions and approaches.
In addition, students will be able to:
- Elucidate and critically assess the concepts and theories studied in this elective, making reference to real-world events, issues, and political developments.
- Communicate complex ideas and concepts to their peers through presentations and group discussions.
Community, Culture and Citizenship reading list (in order of study)
Barber, B. (1984) Strong Democracy: Participatory Politics for a New Age (2nd edn., 2004), University of California Press: Berkeley
Barber, B. (2015) “Can Democracy be Multicultural?”, in Multiculturalism Rethought: Interpretations, Dilemmas and New Directions (Uberoi, V. and Modood, T. eds.) Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 300-328
Young, I.M. (1990) Justice and the Politics of Difference, Princeton University Press: Princeton
Young, I.M. (2000) Inclusion and Democracy, Oxford University Press: Oxford
Miller, D. (1995) On Nationality, Clarendon Press: Oxford
Miller, D. (2000) Citizenship and National Identity, Polity Press: Cambridge
Kymlicka, W. (1995) Multicultural Citizenship, Oxford University Press: Oxford
Kymlicka, W. and Norman, W. (2000) Citizenship and Diverse Societies, Oxford University Press: Oxford
Parekh, B. (2000) Rethinking Multiculturalism: Cultural Diversity and Political Theory (2nd edn., 2006), Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke
Parekh, B. (2008) A New Politics of Identity: Political Principles for an Independent World, Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke
Modood, T. (2010) Multiculturalism, (2nd edn., 2013), Polity Press: Cambridge
- Class Instruction
Continuous feedback will be provided during the course of the semester and feedback will be provided on assignments once graded.
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignment3-day compulsory written take-home assignment
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- For the semester in which the course takes place: 3-day compulsory written take-home assignment
- For the following semesters: Free written assignment
Criteria for exam assesment
- Grade 12 is given for an outstanding performance: the student lives up to the course's goal description in an independent and convincing manner with no or few and minor shortcomings
- Grade 7 is given for a good performance: the student is confidently able to live up to the goal description, albeit with several shortcomings
- Grade 02 is given for an adequate performance: the minimum acceptable performance in which the student is only able to live up to the goal description in an insecure and incomplete manner