This course aims to provide the theoretical and analytical tools that are necessary for engaging with scholarly research in the field of migration and ethnic relations. Some particular attention will be focused on the notion of citizenship and its variations across space and time. The course will also deal with an additional number of novel questions referring to access to the public sphere, acquisition of citizenship, models of political representation/participation, and growing generations of citizens of migrant descent within contemporary democracies. Issues of intercultural relations will be tackled in times of growing migration and intensifying of cultural differences.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of course, students will acquire full knowledge of different approaches to intercultural relations in social sciences; they will acquire full knowledge of main notions such as assimilation, integration, multiculturalism, universalism, interculturalism and citizenship; at the same time, they will distinguish the effects of citizenship transformations across the public and the policy domain. Within a broader comparative context (both at the European and at the international level), students will acknowledge the specificities of the Italian case in terms of intercultural relations, citizenship policies as well as social and political action.
Lesson period: Second trimester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
Week 1- Research on 'interculturalism' (migration and ethnicity) Students will study a selection of extracts from
Week 2 - Individual Rights vs. Group Rights Students will study a selection of extracts from
Week 3 - 'Citizenship Regimes' Students will study a selection of extracts from
Week 4 - The interculturalist approach Students will study the article by
Week 5 - The discursive approach Students will study the article by
Week 6 - The post-national approach Students will only study the weekly slides. Suggested reading (in the library):
Week 7 - Beyond epistemological citizenship Students will study a selection of extracts from
Week 8 - Participation and migrants Students will study the article by
Week 9 - Participation and Muslims Students will only study the weekly slides.
Week 10 - Interculturalism and the new citizens Students will study a selection of extracts from
Prerequisites for admission
No preliminary knowledge in the field is required. Students must respect any prerequisite according to their own specific degree course.
Regular classroom-taught lectures + tutorials so as to bridge theoretical and empirical scope of lessons. Attendance is not compulsory.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students will be assessed via a final oral exam (final grade expressed in n/30). This exam focuses on concepts, theoretical perspectives and empirical cases that are tackled in the various readings of programme. Students who attend weekly classes have also the option to sit a written exam at the end of the course based on 5 main open questions .