Ethnicity, Culture and Politics

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode LBA025B05
Vaknaam Ethnicity, Culture and Politics
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b

Uitgebreide vaknaam Ethnicity, Culture and Politics
Leerdoelen Understanding central concepts and most important contemporary theories about social order, state formation, nationalism, culture, and ethnicity;
Insight into the usefulness and limits of such concepts and theories for understanding contemporary globalisation and related conflicts in developing countries as well as in modern multicultural societies.

L1. Understand central concepts and most important contemporary theories used in culture and society studies;
L2. Apply knowledge about some of the key aspects of development theories in analysing practical political issues related to culture and ethnicity.
L3. Develop arguments and counterarguments to defend positions concerning controversial and politicised issues related to identity, race and ethnicity.
L4. Structure written arguments in a clear and balanced way.
Omschrijving The course discusses political, social and cultural aspects of globalisation and of development problems, focusing especially on societies outside the North-Atlantic world. It discusses questions such as: Which processes have led to the development of the modern state, democracy and civil society? What is the historical, social and cultural basis of nationalism and ethnicity? How can identity be understood, what is identity politics and how does it operate in contemporary conflicts in developing countries as well as in our own? This course introduces students to the ways that culture and society are understood and analysed in academic literature, through a diverse range of key texts from different social sciences. It applies innovative anthropological, political and philosophical theories of identity, nationalism and globalisation from the last few decades and discusses several case studies from the so-called “developing world”. In addition, the course places a strong emphasis on understating how to link ideas and theories to empirical cases, inviting students to engage with them by discussing societal issues related to ethnic minorities. The course is part of the Minor Development Studies but can also be followed separately. It provides students with a good background to further specialise in development related aspects of their own main field of study.
Uren per week 4
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege, werkcollege
Toetsvorm schriftelijk tentamen
(written exam)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator F.H. Eiró de Oliveira, PhD.
Docent(en) F.H. Eiró de Oliveira, PhD. , N.H. Leidinger
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Reader plus internet texts
Entreevoorwaarden no special entry requirements
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Minor Development Studies 3 semester I b keuze