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070192 PS Democracy and Adolescents Lifeworlds (2019W)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work



max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 01.10. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 22.10. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 29.10. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 05.11. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 12.11. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 19.11. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 26.11. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 03.12. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 10.12. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 17.12. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 07.01. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 14.01. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 21.01. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock
Tuesday 28.01. 16:45 - 18:30 Seminarraum 12 Oskar-Morgenstern-Platz 1 2.Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course


The course is divided into four parts. The first part will provide a brief overview of the concept of citizenship through history, with particular emphasis on its entanglements with issues of sovereignty and nation-state formation. 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. Having assessed the historical framework, 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. The third part will delve into the everyday practices of citizenship, focusing in particular on the power, racial, and gendered boundaries of in- and exclusion that are continuously redrawn across space. It will look at the implications of “labelling” inherent in the process of construction of a socio-political demos (citizens vs. denizens, nationals vs. foreigners, emigrants vs. immigrants, etc.), as well as at the “acts of citizenship” (Isin) performed by citizens and non-citizens alike. The last part will eventually investigate the intertwining relations between citizenship and political 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 (post-national citizenship, digital citizenship, others?). Workshops and excursions to local museums (in particular Haus der Geschichte and Jüdisches Museum) will also be organised.

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 the concept and practice of citizenship in contemporary societies.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:
- Understand and distinguish between different conceptualisation and approaches to the study of citizenship;
- 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.

Assessment and permitted materials

Regular attendance is a prerequisite for the final evaluation (max. 2 absences are allowed). The course envisages the interactive participation of students through their prior preparation of the weekly readings and the discussion in class (25% of final evaluation).
Students should also prepare one presentation to be delivered in class on one of the topics discussed in class (25%).
The final assessment will consist in one written essay (6-8000 words) on a selected topic discussed in class (50%).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The course and the exam 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.

Examination topics

Reading list

- Ataç, Ilker. 2016. ‘“Refugee Protest Camp Vienna”: Making Citizens through Locations of the Protest Movement’. Citizenship Studies 20 (5): 629–46.
- Anderson, Benedict. 1983. Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism. London: Verso.
- Anderson, Bridget. 2013. Us and them. The dangerous politics of immigration controls. Oxford Univ Press.
- Balibar É.. 2015. Citizenship. Cambridge Polity Press.
- Balibar É., and Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein. 2011. Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities. London: Verso. Chapter 3: 37-68.
- Banks James, ed. 2004. Diversity and Citizenship Education: Global Perspectives. In particular Parts 1, 2, 4 and 7.
- Benhabib S. 2004. The Rights of Others: Aliens, Residents, and Citizens. Cambridge Univ Press.
- Brubaker R. 2009. ‘Ethnicity, Race, and Nationalism’. Annual Review of Sociology 35 (1).
- Brubaker R. 2010. “Migration, Membership, and the Modern Nation- State: Internal and External Dimensions of the Politics of Belonging”. Journal of Interdisciplinary History, Vol. 1, 61–78.
- Cruikshank B.. 1999. The Will to Empower: Democratic Citizens and Other Subjects. Ithaca, NY: Cornell Univ Press. Pages: 1-29, 67-86.
- De Genova N.. 2004. ‘The Legal Production of Mexican/Migrant “Illegality”’. Latino Studies 2 (2): 160–85.
- Delanty, Gerard. 2007. ‘European Citizenship: A Critical Assessment’. Citizenship Studies 11 (1).
- Du Bois, W.E.B. 1930. The Souls of Black Folk. Chap 1 and 2.
- Fanon Frantz. 2017 [1952]. Black Skin, White Masks. London: Pluto Press.
- Hall S., 2011. “Chapter 1: Introduction: Who Needs ‘Identity’?” In: Questions of Cultural Identity. Edited by: S. Hall & P. du Gay.
- Hindess B. 2002. Neo-liberal Citizenship. Citizenship Studies, 6:2, 127-143.
- Isin E. 2009. ‘Citizenship in Flux: The Figure of the Activist Citizen’. Subjectivity 29 (1).
- Isin E. and Ruppert E.. 2015. ‘Citizens and Cyberspace’. In Being Digital Citizens, 19–50.
- Jefferess D. 2012. ‘Unsettling Cosmopolitanism. Global Citizenship and the Cultural Politics of Benevolence’. In Postcolonial Perspectives on Global Citizenship Education, edited by V. Andreotti and Mario T. M. de Souza, 27–46. New York: Routledge.
- Meer, Nasar. 2014. ‘Citizenship’. In Key Concepts in Race and Ethnicity, 19–27. Los Angeles: SAGE.
- Mezzadra S., and Neilson B. 2012. ‘Between Inclusion and Exclusion: On the Topology of Global Space and Borders’. Theory, Culture & Society 29 (4–5): 58–75.
- Nussbaum M. 2002. Education for Citizenship in an Era of Global Connection. Studies in Philosophy and Education, 21: 289–303.
- Papadopoulos D. and Tsianos V. 2013. “After citizenship: autonomy of migration, organisational ontology and mobile commons”, Citizenship Studies 17(2).
- Pawley, Laurence. 2008. ‘Cultural Citizenship’. Sociology Compass 2 (2): 594–608.
- Rogaly, Ben. 2015. ‘Class, Spatial Justice and the Production of Not-Quite Citizens’. In Citizenship and Its Others, edited by B. Anderson and V. Hughes, 157–76. London: Palgrave Macmillan UK.
- Schmid, Veronika, and Mathias Bös. 2012. ‘National Identity, Ethnic Heterogeneity and the New Culturalization of Citizenship’. In El Pueblo Del Estado. Nacionalidad y Ciudadanía En El Estado Constitucional-Democratio., edited by B.A. Corral, Pages: 131–59.
- Somers, Margaret R. 2008. ‘Chapter 7: Fear and Loathing of the Public Sphere’. In Genealogies of Citizenship: Markets, Statelessness, and the Right to Have Rights, 254–89. New York: Cambridge University Press.
- Soysal, Nuhoglu Y. 1994: Limits of Citizenship: Migrants and Postnational Membership in Europe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Chapter 8, p. 136-162.
- Stevensson Clifford et al. 2015. The Social Psychology of Citizenship: Engagement With Citizenship Studies and Future Research. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, Vol. 3(2), 192–210.
- Turner, Bryan S. 2016. ‘We Are All Denizens Now: On the Erosion of Citizenship’. Citizenship Studies 20 (6–7): 679–92.

Association in the course directory

BA UF: PS Demokratie und Lebenswelten Jugendlicher (4 ECTS); Dipl. LA: KU Politsche Bildung 2

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