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Diversity: Conflict & Consensus


Admission requirements

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


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.

Course objectives

Objective 1: The course introduces students to various institutional approaches to resolving political conflicts linked to ethnic and religious diversity.
Objective 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.


Monday 11.00-13.00, 26 October – 14 December
Wednesday 11.00-13.00, 28 October – 16 December

Mode of instruction

Seminar style form of instruction, consisting of close readings and class discussions.

Course load

Total course load for the course is: 10 EC/ 280 hours

  • Hours spent on attending seminars: 32 hours

  • Time for studying the compulsory literature: 148 hours

  • Time for writing papers (including reading/research): 100 hours

Assessment method

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


Students can find the course syllabus and additional course materials on blackboard. Students are advised to enroll on Blackboard before the start of the course.

Reading list

The reading list for this course will be made available before 1 September 2015.



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.

Minor students, please see the tab meer info
Please note that the maximum number of participants for this seminar is 35 students.


Students are not automatically registered for exams. They can register themselves in uSis until 10 calendar days before the exam date at the latest. Students who are not registered will not be permitted to take the exam. More information can be found on the exam registration website.

Registration Exchange and Study Abroad students

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

Please note that there is very limited capacity for this course.