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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.

Methods of Instruction

(Pre-recorded) online lectures
Online seminar-style 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 Brightspace prior to the start of the course).

Assessment Method

To be announced.


Tuesdays 11:15 - 13:00 from 27 October - 15 December 2020
Thursdays 11:15 - 13:00 from 29 October - 17 December 2020


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