Fault Lines. Contemporary debates on diversity, identity and inequality in Europe
Full course descriptionThis is a module based on a series of lectures and accompanying group meetings. The lectures offer an introduction to topics which students are encouraged to investigate further through wider reading. The course aims to introduce students to a number of both modern and contemporary fault lines in Europe. These include ethnic, societal, economic, political and cultural divisions or tensions that affect and determine identity, inclusion, freedom, welfare, integration, equality, etc. in Europe today. There are several cross-cutting themes running throughout the module: identityculture-migration; consumption-culture; tradition-modernitysociety; welfare; post-Communism; Americanisation; globalisation; gender equality; politics. The lectures will explore contemporary debates on diversity, identity and inequality in Europe by considering it as a community, market place and space of social inclusion/exclusion. The topics addressed include multiculturalism in contemporary Europe, ‘high’ and ‘low’ culture, welfare policies and gender equality in the EU, linguistic fault lines, etc.
Course objectivesBy the end of the course students should be able to define the concept of a fault line as it is used in the social sciences and humanities, to be aware of the complexity and interrelatedness of different types of fault lines (for example political and social ones), as well as to identify different types of fault lines as they are expressed in various political, social and economic phenomena and processes taking place in Europe today.
Recommended readingThere is no set textbook for the course but readings are assigned by each of the lecturers. Please bear in mind that lecture topics may vary from year to year. For more information, please see course manual and reader.
6 Jan 2020
13 Mar 2020
Teaching methods:PBL, Lecture(s)
Assessment methods:Take home exam
Keywords:identity, culture, community, Europe, equality, citizenship, gender, inclusion-exclusion, multiculturalism, religion.