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Diversity: Conflict & Consensus



The peaceful co-existence of diverse societal groups (based on ethnic, religious, cultural, etc. differences) in a single political system is often challenged by their divergent political aspirations. This course introduces students to the theory and practice of (democratic) institutional solutions to non-violent conflicts linked to societal diversity. Specific topics include electoral system design, governmental set-up, parties and party systems and multi-level governance and as institutional arenas for resolving these conflicts.

Course Objectives

Purpose 1:The course introduces students to various theories and concepts regarding the potential problems related to the representation of diverse societies, and various institutional approaches to resolving these.
**Purpose 2: **Students learn to apply theories and concepts, as well as identify the above-mentioned potential problems and institutional solutions, while conducting their own (comparative) case study research.

Mode of Instruction

Seminar discussions

Study Material

A selection of journal articles and book chapters, available from the (digital) library of the University (listed in the syllabus which will be posted on Blackboard prior to the start of the course).

Assessment Method

Individual constitutional design advice, 1500 words (30%)
Group case study analysis presentation (20%)
Individual case study analysis, 3000 words (50%)


Mondays and Wednesdays 15:00-17:00 from 5/11/2018-19/12/2018


Students need to register for lectures and work group sessions in uSis. It is not possible to take a course without a valid registration. Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.

Registration Exchange and Study Abroad students

Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Prospective students website for information on how to apply.

Please note that there is very limited capacity for this course