The Politics of Citizenship

UPADM-GP.212, 4 points.


What does it mean to be a citizen and how do we decide who deserves to be one? At various points in our history, groups as diverse as African-Americans, gays/lesbians, women, ex-felons, and teenagers have been denied some or all of the rights of citizens. This course will study how governments (in the U.S. and elsewhere) understand membership through citizenship laws and practices, as well as how policies governing citizenship have played out in practice. Subjects covered will include the history of the idea of citizenship, civic virtue and civil liberties in contemporary politics, migration and immigration issues, and the possibilities of “post-national” and cosmopolitan citizenship.



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