Controversies in Citizenship Studies (SPS-RESVIN-CIT-2)


Department SPS
Course category SPS Foundation Seminar
Course type Seminar
Academic year 2021-2022
Credits 20 (EUI SPS Department)
Contact Rzemieniecka, Monika
  Course materials


This seminar provides a critical introduction to citizenship studies. Through a series of scholarly controversies, we reflect on some of the key theoretical and empirical questions that are central to contemporary citizenship studies. These debates address essentially contested conceptions of citizenship; theories of citizenship regime variation; the current-day relevance or obsolescence of citizenship; theories of citizenship ascension; immigrant naturalisation and its socioeconomic and mobility pay-off; dual citizenship diffusion; the commodification and instrumentalization of citizenship; securitization trends in citizenship law; and above all, the place of citizenship within the international system as both a driver and a reflection of global inequality. Emphasising the interdisciplinary nature of citizenship studies, the seminar welcomes researchers with a background in social and political science, history, law or economics.


Participants who want to take the seminar for credits are expected:

  • to read all the texts marked as required reading
  • to prepare a reaction paragraph on the readings for each week and upload it on the seminar platform by Wednesday, 18 hrs
  • to read all reaction paragraphs and engage actively in discussions in class
  • to introduce one or two seminar topics to the class on the basis of additional readings

If you want to audit the seminar without full participation, you need to register and do the reading for the units that you want to attend. Taking the course for half credits is possible if in accordance with departmental rules.

We will discuss selected chapters from Shachar, A., Bauböck, R., Bloemraad, I., & Vink, M. (Eds.). (2017). The Oxford Handbook of Citizenship. Oxford University Press (available electronically through the EUI library catalogue), in addition to chapters from other books and selected articles.

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