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Diversity: Conflict & Consensus



Purpose: 1. The course introduces students to various institutional approaches to resolving political conflicts linked to ethnic and religious diversity.
Purpose: 2. Students learn to understand the problems related to the representation of diverse societies, identify their potential solutions and use databases on minorities and democracy in their own research.

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

Methods of Instruction

Lectures and seminar discussion

Study Material

TBA, approximately 800 pages


Participation (20%), Case Study Paper (50%), Final Exam (30%)

Admission requirements

Basic knowledge of Political Science is required to take this course. This implies that you have followed at least 10 EC of courses on government and politics.


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

Minor students, please see the tab meer info for information on how to apply.

Please note that the maximum number of participants for this seminar is 35 students.


Tuesday 28 October & 4 November, 11.00-13.00 hrs in 5A29
Tuesday 11 November until 2 December, 11.00-13.00 hrs in 0A33
Tuesday 9 December, 11.00-13.00 hrs in 5A29
Thursday 30 October & 6 November, 11.00-13.00 hrs in 5A29
Thursday 13 November until 11 December, 11.00-13.00 hrs in 1A09