This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.
The number of participants is limited to 25.
Minority issues and rights are a highly visible and emotional part of many of the current social and political debates in almost all countries of the world: from the culture wars that have flared up again in the United States over gender-neutral restrooms through the expulsion of the Rohingya from Myanmar to the suppression of the Saami languages in Scandinavia until the late twentieth century. Quite often, moreover, minority rights are mutually conflicting: religious and sexual minorities have often tended to define their issues in opposition to each other. Studying minorities is important in a double way: first, because often human dignity is at stake and the limits of multiculturalism (and diversity) are seriously tested in many parts of the world; and second, because minority rights are increasingly used as weapons in diplomatic and mediatized confrontations between countries and cultures. This course will take a closer look at linguistic, religious, and sexual minorities and will confront the seemingly inevitable clash between these minorities in parts of the world through a series of detailed case studies and by organizing policy debates.
The Electives for International Studies are designed to teach students how to deal with state-of-the-art literature and research questions. They are chosen to enhance the students’ learning experience by building on the multidisciplinary perspectives they have developed so far, and to introduce them to the art of academic research. They are characterised by an international or comparative approach.
Academic skills that are trained include:
Oral and written presentation skills:
1. To explain clear and substantiated research results.
2. To provide an answer to questions concerning (a subject) in the field covered by the course:
in the form of a clear and well-structured oral presentation;
in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria;
using up-to-date presentation techniques;
using relevant illustration or multimedia techniques;
aimed at a specific audience.
3. To actively participate in a discussion following the presentation.
1. To be socio-communicative in collaborative situations.
2. To provide and receive constructive criticism, and incorporate justified criticism by revising one’s own position.
3. To adhere to agreed schedules and priorities.
Basic research skills, including heuristic skills:
1. To collect and select academic literature using traditional and digital methods and techniques.
2. To analyze and assess this literature with regard to quality and reliability.
3. To formulate on this basis a sound research question.
4. To design under supervision a research plan of limited scope, and implement it using the methods and techniques that are appropriate within the discipline involved.
5. To formulate a substantiated conclusion.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Seminars are held every week, with the exception of the Midterm Exam week. This includes supervised research.
Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 280 hours, broken down by:
Attending seminars (2 hours per week x 12): 24 hours
Reading literature and preparing assignments: 96 hours
Preparation of policy debate + paper: 24 hours
Analysis of selected internet resources: 24 hours
Researching and writing the final research essay: 112 hours
Assessment and Weighing
|not weighed, but mandatory
|Five short essays (top 4 will count)
|Policy paper + presentation
|Analysis and collection of internet resources/fact-sheet
|Final Research Essay (5,000 words)
To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of all assessment components.
Students who have been active participants in class and submitted the Final Essay on time, but scored an overall insufficient mark, are entitled to a resit. For the resit, students are given a chance to hand in a new version of the Final Essay.
In case of resubmission of the Final Essay (insufficient grade only) the final grade for the Essay will be lowered as a consequence of the longer process of completion. The deadline for resubmission is 10 working days after receiving the grade for the Final Essay.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2018 – 2019.
How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.
Literature will be announced on Blackboard before the beginning of the course through the course syllabus.
Registration occurs via survey only. Registration opens 3 December:
1) On 3 December you will receive a message with a link to the survey.
2) Indicate there which are your 5 preferred Electives, in order of preference.
3) Based on preferences indicated by 16 December the Electives Coordinator will assign you to one specific Elective by 15 January.
4) Students will then be enrolled for the specific groups by the Administration Office.
5) All students are required to enroll for their group in Blackboard to access all course information.
Students cannot register in uSis for the Elective, or be allowed into an Elective in any other way.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting your lecturers, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
The deadline for submission of the Final Essay is 14 June 2019.