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070133 PS Democracy and Adolescents Lifeworlds - Citizenship (2021S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

  • Donnerstag 11.03. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
  • Donnerstag 25.03. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
  • Donnerstag 22.04. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
  • Donnerstag 06.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
  • Donnerstag 20.05. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital
  • Donnerstag 17.06. 09:45 - 13:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung


Content of the course
The course is divided into three parts. The first part will provide a brief overview of the concept of citizenship through time, with particular emphasis on its entanglements with the development of the nation-state. It will discuss the traditional conceptualisations of citizenship associated with the rights and duties of citizens within the nation-state, as well as cosmopolitan ideas of citizenship related to the figure of the global citizen. The second part will explore the concepts of citizenship and belonging within contemporary social processes, analysing the multifarious relations and conflicts brought about by transnational migratory movements, neoliberal globalisation, bordering practices, and the revival of nationalist tendencies. It will also take into consideration some of the most common critiques that have been moved to the concept and practice of citizenship, namely the postcolonial and feminist critiques, focusing in particular on the power, racial, and gendered boundaries of in- and exclusion that are continuously redrawn across space. The last part will investigate the intertwining relations between citizenship and civic education: by asking what it means to be a citizen today, this part will analyse the current crisis of liberal democracy, exploring potentially alternative forms of citizenship and political participation at both local and international level (post-national citizenship, digital citizenship, environmentalist and feminist campaigns).

The objective of the course are:
- To introduce students to historical conceptualisations and current debates on citizenship;
- To provide a framework for a critical understanding of the relationship between citizenship and contemporary social processes;
- To encourage in-depth reflections on citizenship in social and educational contexts.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate familiarity with different theoretical and practical perspectives on citizenship;
- Critically assess how citizenship relates to contemporary social processes, generating practices of in- and exclusion;
- Understand the implications of, and interrelations between, the concepts and practices of citizenship and citizenship education;
- Critically discuss specific topics and engage in current debates.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Regular attendance is a prerequisite for the final evaluation (max. 1 absence is allowed). The course envisages the interactive participation of students through their prior preparation of the weekly readings and the discussion in class (20% of final evaluation).
Students should also prepare a presentation on one of the topics discussed in class (30%). The presentation will be delivered online during the last lesson.
The final assessment will consist in one written essay (3000 words) on a selected topic discussed in class (50%).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

The course will be held in English. The knowledge and fluency of the English language per se will not be evaluated, although a B1 level is necessary to participate in the seminar and deliver the outputs. No prior knowledge of specific terms or concepts is required, as they will be clarified and discussed in class.


Students can choose the topic of the presentation and the final essay among the topics that will be discussed in class.


A comprehensive reading list will be presented during the first lecture and made available on Moodle.
Below are some of the readings that will be discussed in the seminar:
- Anderson, Benedict. 1983. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso.
- Banks, James A., ed. 2004. Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass. In particular Parts 1, 2, 4 and 7.
- De Genova, Nicholas. 2004. ‘The Legal Production of Mexican/Migrant “Illegality”’. Latino Studies 2 (2): 160–85.
- Freire Paulo (1970[2005]). Pedagogy of the oppressed, in particular chapter 2.
- Isin, Engin F. 2009. ‘Citizenship in Flux: The Figure of the Activist Citizen’. Subjectivity 29 (1).
- Robins, Steven, Andrea Cornwall and Bettina von Lieres, 2008. Rethinking ‘Citizenship’ in the Postcolony. Third World Quarterly, 29:6, 1069-1086
- Yuval-Davis Nira, 2006. Intersectionality and Feminist Politics. European Journal of Women's Studies, 13 (3), 193-209.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

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Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:13