EU457      Half Unit
Ethnic Diversity and International Society

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jennifer Jackson Preece COW 2.06


This course is available on the MSc in Comparative Politics (Nationalism and Ethnicity), MSc in Conflict Studies, MSc in EU Politics, MSc in EU Politics (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in European Studies (Research), MSc in European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities, MSc in European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Global Politics and MSc in Human Rights. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This is a capped course (30 students). Students are required to obtain permission from the teaching department to take this course

Course content

This course will consider problems and practices of ethnic diversity in a world of nation-states including the rights of minorities and migrants, self-determination, ethnic cleansing and genocide, humanitarian intervention, and the role of the media in (de)constructing narratives of difference. In analysing these issues, particular attention will be paid to processes of securitization, desecuritization and security management.


20 hours of seminars in the MT. 3 hours of seminars in the LT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6 MT but in LT there will be seminars scheduled.

Formative coursework

Essay proposal (500 words) (Due Week 4 MT) Draft essay (2000 words) (Due Week 10 MT)

Indicative reading

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; W. Kymlicka, Multicultural Odysseys: Navigating the New International Politics of Diversity, 2009; J Mayall, Nationalism and International Society, 1990.

A more detailed reading list is available from Dr Jackson-Preece.


Essay (80%, 5000 words) in the ST.
Research proposal (20%) in the LT.

The research proposal will take the form of a poster presentation session in LT reading week 6.

Student performance results

(2011/12 - 2013/14 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 19.4
Merit 66.1
Pass 12.9
Fail 1.6

Teachers' comment

The EU457 course syllabus was updated & revised for the start of the 2012/13 academic year. For this reason, previous survey data has been excluded from the guide. The most recent and relevant survey data appears below.


Question Average Response
Reading list (Q2.1) 1.2
Materials (Q2.3) 1.1
Course satisfied (Q2.4) 1
Lectures (Q2.5) 1.5
Integration (Q2.6) 1.6
Contact (Q2.7) 1.4
Feedback (Q2.8) 1.3
Recommend (Q2.9) Yes 100%
Maybe 0%
No 0%


Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2014/15: 40

Average class size 2014/15: 14

Controlled access 2014/15: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Communication