POL 340 Citizenship and Belonging from Local to Global Perspectives

  • PLEASE NOTE: this abridged outline is an example description of the course, from past years. Instructors can change elements of the course year-to-year.

    COURSE PREREQUISITES:  45 credits of 100-level or higher coursework.

    COURSE OBJECTIVES:  This course provides a comprehensive overview of the main debates on citizenship in liberal democracies and the implications of globalization on those debates.  Particular emphasis will be given to understanding and evaluating liberal, republican, pluralist, feminist, nationalist, and cosmopolitan conceptions of citizenship.  specific topics examined include: 1) the meaning of citizenship and why it matters; 2) the role of citizenship when framed as rights and duties within the state; 3) the challenges presented to state-bound notions of citizenship as advanced by feminism, multiculturalism, and Aboriginal nationalism; and 3) the prospect for a radically reconfigured expression of cosmopolitan citizenship developed in response to globalization.

    REQUIRED TEXTS:  Isin, Engin F. and Bryan S. Turner, eds. Handbook of Citizenship Studies. London: Sage Publications, 2002.

    Additional required readings will be placed on the course Moodle site.


    1. RESEACH ESSAY. A written assessment on a topic selected by the student that demonstrates critical conversation and engagement with course material relevant to being a citizen, whether local, global, or somewhere in between. (worth 25% of the final grade).
    2. REFLECTION PAPERS. A series of three very short papers (worth 5% each) based specifically on providing the class with an evaluation and assessment of the class readings. (worth 15% of the final grade)
    3. CLASS PRESENTATION. Using the above papers as a point of orientation, students will present class readings and the associated controversies and challenges identified in those readings for class discussion and debate. (worth 10% of the final grade).
    4. OP-ED PIECE. An opinion/commentary piece written in a journalistic style, addressing a controversial issue associated with citizenship meant to generate public discussion and educate. Class time will be devoted to this assignment.  (worth 15% of the final grade).
    5. FINAL EXAM.  Comprised of essay questions, the final exam will be course cumulative. (worth 25% of the final grade).
    6. PARTICIPATION. (worth 10% of the final grade).