Law and Ethnicity

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Course Description: 

The course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview of the major issues and questions within the purview of minority protection. Following a theoretical introduction and general discussions about the concept and evolution of minority rights and various rights-based approaches to recognizing minorities, such as individual rights, collective rights, self-determination, land-rights equality, discrimination and affirmative action, separate sessions are dedicated to the analysis of specific and specialized legal regimes and institutions. These include the assessment of indigenous rights, refugee protection as well as the scrutiny of legal and political dilemmas concerning hate speech, hate crimes, the legal conceptualization of minority identity and the processing of ethno-national data. By the end of the course, students will be able to critically discuss a diverse set of topics in the purview of nationalism studies.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of the course, students will be able to critically discuss a diverse set of topics in the purview of nationalism studies.


Students are required to

(i)             Participate: write focused feedback for classes 2-10 and 20, this will be structured in the following way:

a.     Position paper: Students need to write 3 longer position papers (minimum 1000-word) on a chosen class and topic. Students will be asked to indicate when they intend to write position papers by the end of the second week.

b.     Response paper: For the remaining 15 classes students need to write short responses (minimum 200-word) to the readings, topic and lecture presentation. For Class 4, the short response paper needs to assess and overview three international documents chosen by the students. For Classes 8 and 19, needs to assess and overview three cases chosen by the students.


(ii)           Present: give a presentation on a chosen topic critically analyzing readings, or a case study or a country report (on the group session: classes 21-24, date TBA)


(iii)         Write: a final essay elaborating the presentation. The term paper, thus, should be either a case study or an original research paper that has at least 1500 words, double-spaced, with bibliography added. The topic should relate to the broad themes of the course and class discussions, and it should follow the genre of a scholarly essay either as a case study or as a literature review. It is expected to be a product of each student's individual effort. Evaluation will be based on the quality of research, its originality, quality of grammar, accuracy of spelling, and soundness of content. It constitutes plagiarism if a student quotes or adopts ideas from a source without appropriate attribution (for example, by failing to utilize endnotes or footnotes properly). Similarly, direct quotations must be attributed and indicated by quotation marks.


Course evaluation:

Class participation:                               60%

Class presentation:                              10%

Final essay                                             30%


On classes 11 (at around mid-term) and 21 individual consultations will be held to discuss topics for the final presentation and term paper.