Political community, equality and diversity in liberal democracies
This course focuses on whether states and other political communities should aim to respect social, cultural, religious and other dimensions of social diversity by remaining neutral as regards identity and the varied conceptions of “a good life”. You will interpret, scrutinise and apply a selection of new and classic works in citizenship and state theory, with a high level of independent thought and reflection, examining issues of inclusion, tolerance, recognition, identity, and community. This allows you to relate critically to central concepts and normative perspectives in theories and models of citizenship and the state, including their practical implications. This seminar-based course is examined through active seminar participation, written assignments and a short scholarly essay.