Politics of Citizenship and Democratization

About Faculty

Dr. Kristin Stokke is a professor at the Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo Norway. Please see his details of his academic works at: Prof. Kristian Stokke’s Profile

Course content

This course offers a general introduction to three closely related themes in political studies: citizenship, political movements and democratization. These theoretical introductions will be used to analyze historical and contemporary politics of citizenship and democratization in Myanmar.

The starting point for the course is that a broad notion of citizenship provides a framework for identifying different forms of injustice – cultural, legal, social and political exclusion – and examining how they are interrelated. Such grievances give rise to various forms of political movements and strategies to redress injustices. The course thus proceeds to examine the mobilization, strategies and spaces of movements that politicize different forms of injustice. Thereafter, the course turns to the question of democratization and how political reforms may offer formal or substantive answers to problems of injustice and movement claims for justice. This final section thus focuses on the causes, modes and outcomes of democratic transitions. It especially discusses the extent to which democratization contributes to substantive political representation, power-sharing and democratic governance of public affairs. Throughout the course, the conceptual introductions are used for the purpose of gaining a better understanding of the historical and contemporary politics of citizenship, democracy, peace and federalism in Myanmar.

The teaching will consist of dialog-based lectures and seminar discussions on theoretical and contextual questions. The course consists of 40 hours of teaching, organized as two weeks of intensive teaching.

The first week will focus primarily on citizenship and movement politics, while the second week will focus on democratization, political representation, conflict resolution and power-sharing.

Learning outcome

The course is designed to give the students theoretical and contextual understanding of key political themes in contemporary Myanmar, especially citizenship, movement politics, democratization, power-sharing and peace. The course participants shall attain:

  • A good overview of key concepts and debates on citizenship, movement politics, and democratization
  • A good understanding of how these concepts and debates are relevant to the politics of citizenship and democratization in Myanmar
  • Critical reflexivity around the form, substance and political dynamics of citizenship and democratization
  • Ability to understand and critically assess theoretical and contextual studies on citizenship, movement politics and democratization
  • Ability to engage in scholarly discussion on these issues

Course certificate/Examination

The students will be issued a course certificate based on attendance and active participation in the teaching activities.

Course Information

  • Medium of Instruction: English (No translation available)
  • Minimum Requirement for Admission: English Proficiency (Upper Intermediate)
  • Total Hours: 40 hours
  • Credits: 4
  • Class Sessions: 09:00 – 17:00
  • Duration:
    • Teaching week 1: October 1-5 2018
    • Teaching week 2: November 19-23 2018
  • Admission Fees to the Single Subject Certificate: 20,000 Ks.
  • Deposit : 40,000 Ks.  (rebate upon finishing the course successfully)