Amsterdam, Netherlands

Politics, Identities, and Inequalities

online course
when 17 January 2022 - 28 January 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 4 EC
fee EUR 800

Recently, matters of identity and politics have become more and more entangled: when the personal and the political intertwine, inequalities emerge that point precisely to the ways in which politics affects our lives in more direct ways than we previously imagined. Black Lives Matter protests have increased in response to police brutality and institutional racism; Women’s Marches (particularly in opposition to Donald Trump) were on the rise; ongoing Brexit arguments raise the ghost of Leave and Remain campaigns in British society. But what are the effects of the combination of politics and identity on us as individuals, for societies at large, and for democracies?

Many of today’s political developments seem to revolve around identity in more ways than one. While some acknowledge the importance of identity politics in an age with growing inequalities, others argue that focusing on identity in the political arena distracts from the “real cause” of contemporary political anger: economic inequality. In this winter school, we investigate this discussion by looking at various angles of identity and how they intersect with and influence today’s politics in Western democracies. Ultimately, it is our contention that more inequalities than just the economic emerge when we inhabit an intersectional perspective.

Course leader

Luuc Brans.

Target group

For current university students (Bachelor's and interested Master's) interested in political science broadly, and the dynamic and interdisciplinary intersection of politics and identity.

Course aim

In the first week of this online course, we will examine the concept of identity through an academic lens, and analyse how it intersects with other important concepts such as culture, class, race and ethnicity. In the second week, we will turn to current political debates that are strongly steered by ‘identity politics’, most dominantly those around populism, globalization and antiracist social movements. In our online lectures, the students will be given the theoretical background to participate in empirical discussions that will be the basis of our interactive online seminars. In these sessions, students will work together to disentangle empirical manifestations of identity politics, unravelling how both are so closely bound together.

This online course mixes live and pre-recorded online lectures with online group seminars, guided self-study, and peer reviews to unravel the topics at hand.

Fee info

EUR 800: This includes:
All course readings and materials
Access to the digital library at the UvA
Welcome and wrap-up sessions
Live and pre-recorded lectures
Access to the digital learning environment
Individual feedback from our instructors on all course assignments
An official transcript or certificate of participation

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