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240095 VO+UE VM3 / VM1 - Migration and Identity: Discourses of Belonging and Othering (2020W)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

With the help of the BigBlueButton webinar tool integrated in Moodle, we will often have live online classes. However, in some weeks, instead of live online classes, asynchronous forms of teaching, such as reading and essay assignments, will be used.

Thursday 08.10. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 15.10. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 22.10. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 29.10. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 05.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 12.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 19.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 26.11. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 03.12. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 10.12. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 17.12. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 07.01. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 14.01. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 21.01. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre
Thursday 28.01. 11:15 - 12:45 Hybride Lehre


Aims, contents and method of the course

The course focuses on identity as a marker of communal boundaries of social inclusion and exclusion. Hence, social construction of identities will be considered in relation to the shifting boundaries of belonging to the collective, be it a nation-state, an ethnic group or a social change organization. We will examine national identity and nationalism in relation to globalization and international migration; ethnic identities in relation to minority communities, inter-ethnic conflicts and integration debates; gender and sexuality as cross-cutting axes of identity; new possibilities for social, cultural and political identities and identifications emerging from the Internet and social networks.
The purpose of this course is to provide participants with an overview of processes of social construction of identities, collective production of meaning, othering, and identity-based politics, and will introduce them diverse theories and analytical tools applied in the study of identity and belonging, from symbolic interactionism to intersectionality analysis.

Assessment and permitted materials

¾ attendance, reading and writing assignments, 1 (group) presentation, 1 paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Regular attendance (10%), reading and writing assignments (30%),
1 (group) presentation (20%), 1 paper (40%)

Examination topics

Reading list

A reading list will be posted on moodle. Here are just two of the readings that will be discussed during this course:
Powell, J.A. & Menendien, S. (2016) “ The Problem of Othering: Towards Inclusiveness and Belonging," (pg. 14-41)
Hadj-Abdou, L. (2017) “‘Gender nationalism’: The new (old) politics of belonging,” Austrian Journal of Political Science, 46(1): 83-88

Association in the course directory

VM3 / VM1

Last modified: Mo 05.10.2020 15:49