EU458 Half Unit
Identity, Community and the 'Problem of Minorities'
This information is for the 2013/14 session.
Dr Jennifer Jackson Preece COW 2.06
This course is compulsory on the MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities and MSc in European Studies: Ideas and Identities (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is available on the MSc in Conflict Studies, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union and MSc in Politics and Government in the European Union (LSE and Sciences Po). This course is not available as an outside option.
This is a capped course (30 students). Students are required to obtain permission from the teaching department to take this course.
This course is concerned with the politics of membership and belonging in contemporary states. The securitization of minorities and migrants has coincided with a growing rejection of multiculturalism in favour of new discourses that place a greater emphasis on social cohesion predicated upon a shared nation-state identity. This course will examine the ways in which different constructions of membership and belonging underscore contested narratives on diversity and the competing policy responses this has engendered. Europe will be a major focus of the course. Nevertheless, students with interests and expertise outside of Europe should feel free to include this wider perspective in their seminar discussions and assignments.
20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.
Students are required to write two essays.
Z. Bauman, Wasted Lives: Modernity and Its Outcasts, 2003; B. Buzan, O. Weaver and J. de Wilde, Security: A New Framework For Analysis,1998; J. Jackson-Preece, Minority Rights: Between Diversity and Community, 2005; J. Jackson-Preece, National Minorities and the European Nation-State System, 1998; W. Kymlicka, Multicultural Citizenship, 1995; W. Kymlicka, ed., The Rights of Minority Cultures, 1995; C. Macartney, Nation States and National Minorities, 1934; J. Laponce, The Protection of Minorities, 1960; I. Claude, National Minorities, an International Problem, 1955; P. Thornberry, International Law and the Rights of Minorities. A more detailed reading list is available from Dr Jackson-Preece.
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Student performance results
(2009/10 - 2011/12 combined)
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Department: European Institute
Total students 2012/13: 19
Average class size 2012/13: 9
Value: Half Unit
Personal development skills
- Team working