Citizenship: A Historical and Political Survey(2)

Term: Fall 2011

Subject Code: GSOC

Course Number: 5149

The very meaning of the term, citizenship, like so many other political concepts central to modern democratic life, has been construed differently at different historical moments by writers identified with alternative political traditions. This course examines both the historical trajectory (Classical, Medieval, Modern, Welfare, and Globalization) and political interpretations (Liberal, Radical, Communitarian, Republican) of citizenship, and how they have shaped each other. Although we review some of the formal elements that have been attributed to the notion of citizenship-such as the entitlements accruing from rights and duties; civic universalism versus ethnic particularism; the tension between group and individual rights; and notions of negative and positive liberty-the bulk of the readings.

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