Module Catalogue 2023/24

POL3125 : Politics of Citizenship

POL3125 : Politics of Citizenship

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Terri Teo
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

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The module aims to examine how citizenship affects structures, lived experiences and identity-formation among citizens and non-citizens. This module aims to enable students to:
•       Establish a context- and theory-driven understanding of citizenship, and how it is gendered, raced and classed;
•       Discuss the effect of citizenship, or the lack of citizenship, on citizens, multiple citizenship-holders, migrants and the stateless;
•       Examine contemporary politics and empirical case studies through lenses of citizenship and noncitizenship;
•       Identify relationships between citizenship and migration, security studies and protest politics;
•       Evaluate citizenship regimes and their effects on individual, national and international levels.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module offers a synthesis of historical and contemporary debates about citizenship. As borders grow more porous and populations increasingly mobile, citizenship is no longer understood merely as a legal status. Changing theories and practices of citizenship impact how membership, recognition and rights are understood, which in turn impact state-society relationships, and understandings of loyalty and home. This course examines the meanings of citizenship in the past and present, unpacks policies and mechanisms of citizenship, and evaluates its relationship with identities, migration and globalisation. The course engages with contemporary and historical case studies across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

Topics studied may include (but are not limited to):

•       Introduction: What is citizenship?
•       Inequality: Class
•       Identities: Race, culture and religion
•       Feminism: Sex, gender and sexualities
•       Regimes: Multiple citizenships, tests and policies
•       Noncitizenship: Refugees, the stateless and migrants
•       In(security): Borderlands and denationalisation
•       Does citizenship matter?

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should have a keen understanding of:

•       The development of citizenship as theory and practice
•       The structures and actors involved in citizenship regimes
•       How citizenship relates to contemporary politics through the lenses of security, immigration and globalisation
•       The relationships between citizenship and subjectivities such as race, gender and class

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have developed their skills in relation to:

•       Applying theories and values underpinning citizenship(s); critically analysing citizenship frameworks across contexts and contextualising contemporary debates about immigration, citizenship and rights within theories of citizenship
•       Demonstrating, in written and verbal formats, the ability to engage critically with scholarship and case studies
•       Present arguments cogently and convincingly in written and verbal formats

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00PiP lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials111:0011:00Pre-recorded lecture materials
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities113:0033:00Guided questions and exercises based on reading and lecture content
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00PiP seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1134:00134:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Student feedback demonstrate that these approaches are beneficial to their learning and appreciate the high quality of content delivered in both lectures and seminars.

Lectures and lecture materials such as PowerPoint slides provide students with an overview of key themes, issues, structures and concepts relevant to the study of citizenship as a theoretical framework, while grounding them in case studies. These will situate key themes, issues and concepts relating to citizenship within broader contexts and conversations within scholarship and contemporary politics.

Small discussion seminars provide an avenue for students to discuss and unpack topics covered during the lectures through classroom debates. They will also learn to structure their arguments and address questions by drawing on scholarship and case studies.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M652500 word essay. See rationale for further information
Written exercise1M201000 word essay plan with annotated bibliography. See rationale for further information
Prof skill assessmnt1M15Quizzes and engagement in seminars
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module will be assessed by i) an essay plan, making up 20% of the final grade, ii) an essay of 2500 words, making up 65% of the final grade, and iii) seminar engagement, making up 15% of the final grade.

Essay plan – 1000 words (20%) – the essay plan provides students with the opportunity to learn how to structure essays by familiarising themselves with the overall subject of citizenship, how to structure an essay and referencing.

Essay – 2500 words (65%) – the essay allows for the critical application of topics and theories covered throughout the course, and tests students’ critical and analytical writing skills.
•       Students will be provided a list of questions from which to choose, drawing from concepts and issues raised in the lecturers and seminars. Essays provide an opportunity to assess and evaluate students’ skills in critical analyses, ability to critically engage with theory and achieve the intended knowledge outcomes of the course.
•       As the essay provides the most comprehensive opportunity for the students to demonstrate their engagement with the module and their analytical and written presentation skills it is the most highly weighted component.

Engagement (15%) - Students will be asked for written reflections based on questions asked during seminars to be submitted on Canvas to encourage engagement with the module throughout the semester.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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