Aims of the Course
This course explores the difficulty of protecting minority rights in a liberal state. It discusses Kymlica, a leading scholar on minority rights issues, and Brubaker, a leading sociologist interested in nationalism questions. Then it examines a series of case studies in light of these theories. Several of the sources examined are court cases: this course focuses on the difficulty of finding solutions in practice.
Class Requirements: Students will lead discussion in groups and write a paper.
Presentation (20% of grade) On the first day, students will be assigned a topic for presentation in groups. These presentations are marked on the syllabus. Students must introduce what they see as the key issues of the class reading, and examine them in light of the theoretical ideas discussed in this course.
Paper (50% of grade) 15 pages long, not counting bibliography and diagrams/illustrations. Times New Roman, 12 pt double spaced, default margins. This paper must present primary sources, a theoretical concept that the sources illustrate or call into question, and discuss the applicability of sources and theory to each other. Students must present their findings to the class in conference-style format, then answer questions from the class. Students must find a journal which they believe might hypothetically publish their paper, and write their paper in conformity with the style sheet of that journal.
Final (30% of grade) will ask students to define key terms or explain the significance of key concepts discussed in the class.
Attendance is mandatory. At the instructor’s discretion, outstanding participation or absence from class may raise or lower your final grade.
Week 1: Introduction to
M Cultural belonging. Introduction to the course. Presentation topics.
W Will Kymlicka Multicultural Citizenship, “The Value of Cultural Membership,” 84-93.
Week 2: Kymlicka’s case for
M Kymlicka, Multicultural, ch. 2-3, “Politics of Multi-culturalism,” “Individual Rights... ” 10-48.
Week 3: Kymlicka and Brubaker
M Who is a Metis? Canadian aboriginal rights case. http://www.metisnation.org/harvesting/PDF/powley.pdf
(Additional info: http://www.metisnation.org/harvesting/powley/powley_sc_torontoSTAR2.html)
W Rogers Brubaker Nationalism Reframed Ch. 3, 4 “National Minorities, Nationalizing states…” 55-106
Week 4: The Terminology of
M Ernest Renan “What is a Nation?” www.nationalismproject.org/what/renan.htm ;
E. Arndt “the German Fatherland” http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/arndt-vaterland.html
W Brian Porter “The Social Nation and its Futures” American Historical Review, vol. 104, no. 5 (1996)
Week 5: Possession and
M Yael Tamir Liberal Nationalism ch. 4-5 “Particular Narratives & General Claims”, “The Magic Pronoun” 78-116
W Conversion in
Week 6: The Universal
M UN Declaration of Human Rights http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html
W “Recognizing and Combatting Racial Discrimination: A Short Guide” available online
Week 7: European Law and
M Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union http://www.europarl.eu.int/charter/pdf/text_en.pdf
W Hungarian Status Law LXII http://www.htmh.hu/lawnew.htm
Presentor (Status Law): _________________________________
T.G. Masaryk The Making of a State, “The Problem of Minorities.” http://www.ucis.pitt.edu/eehistory/H200Readings/Topic5-R3.html
Presentor (Masaryk): ___________________________________
Yugoslav peace plans
M Rambouillet agreement http://www.usofficepristina.usia.co.at/doc1.htm
Week 9 : Islam and Human
M “Hijab Story” weblog "Losing Myself," ihath, http://www.ihath.com/2004/02/hijab-story.html
Sarah Eltantawi “Yes or No to Hijab: Not for Men to Answer”:
Jean Baubérot “The Secular Principle” on French Embassy page: http://www.info-france-usa.org/atoz/secular.asp
Presentor (Eltantawi): __________________________________
Presentor (Baubérot): ___________________________________
Presentor (Manji): ____________________________
See also the
El Saadawi The Hidden Face of Eve
Week 10: “Civil Rights” as a model in
M University of Michigan – Affirmative action case, http://www.umich.edu/~urel/admissions/legal/ussc-transcripts.html ;
W European Roma Rights Center “Barriers to the Education of Roma in
Week 11: Census and Naming
2000” at Adversity.net http:/www.adversity.net/special/census2000.htm
W “Politics of Names” [article from the CEU library]
Week 12: Minority Protection in Wartime
Korematsu case (Japanese in WWI)
W Teleford Taylor “Opening Statement” pp. 12-28 Prosecution” Nueremburg War Crimes Tribunal