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Paradoxes of Citizenship




Admissions requirements

Global Challenges: Diversity.


Citizenship is a fascinating yet contested concept: on the one hand, it has developed as a mechanism of increasing inclusion and recognition that has empowered the nation-state as privileged form of political organization. On the other hand, it has worked, and it is working, as key mechanism of exclusion, control and surveillance over increasingly mobile and mixed populations in our societies. What is the basis of this apparent paradox? As members of a nation-state we expect to be recognized as citizens; yet this membership entails various collateral forms of exclusion, in a world increasingly interdependent. In this course we will examine the apparent paradoxes thematically:

WEEK1 The paradox of citizenship: Who traces the boundaries of belonging? Where?
WEEK2 Three key approaches to citizenship: Liberal, civic republican and (post)cosmopolitan
WEEK 3 Expanding citizenship? Gender and race still matter
WEEK 4 Religion, migration and the borders of the political community
WEEK 5 Shrinking citizenship? Socio-economic inequalities, access and consumption
WEEK 6 Reimagining citizenship: Climate change and the rise of environmental citizenship
WEEK 7 Citizenship in crisis? In search of a place to stand
WEEK 8 Reading week

Course objectives

The course examines the social, political, economic and cultural dimensions of citizenship, given the tensions existing in our increasingly diversified, yet interdependent societies. When completing this course students are expected to have attained a critical understanding of the various aspects involved in the definition, practices and performances of citizenship, at the local, national and global levels.


Once available, timetables will be published here.

Mode of instruction



In-class participation, 15%, Ongoing
Disclaimer note “I, the citizen”, 10%, Week 2
Two response notes (800 words), 20% (10% each), Weeks 4 – 6
Case-studies presentations (in pairs), 25%, Sessions 5 to 13; Individual final essay (2500 words), 30%, Week 8


There will be a Blackboard site available for this course. Students will be enrolled at least one week before the start of classes.

Reading list

Available electronically on BB before the beginning of the course.


This course is open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Registration is coordinated by the Curriculum Coordinator. Interested non-LUC students should contact


Dr. Daniela Vicherat Mattar (