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Diversity: Conflict & Consensus


Course Objectives

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 potentail 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, cc 800p


Participation (20%), Case Study Paper (50%), Take Home Paper 30%



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 ourse registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.

Minor students, please see the tab “meer info”

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.

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.