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Governance at the ‘Edge’ of the State: Political Subjectivity and Citizenship

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    Andrea Nightingale, Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

NOVA PhD course of 5 ECTS, organised by Prof. Andrea Nightingale, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Course dates and location: 12-15 Sept. 2017 in Uppsala, Sweden.

Course Description
State rule is presently challenged in many parts of the world such that governance is achieved by overlapping authorities. The course focuses on the implications of these achievements for conflict, citizenship and social inequality. ‘Political subjectivity’ captures how power operates to produce desires for recognition, belonging, and rights, which all shape inclusion and exclusion. At the edges of the state, these desires erupt in conflict over public authority, citizenship and resources. The course aim is to equip PhD students with theoretical and methodological tools to do research in unstable political contexts.

The course will present debates on governance including frontiers, territorialization, property and public authority, with a focus on citizenship and political subjectivities. Examples include natural resource-use and extraction, and environmental change. Students will engage cutting edge, emerging theories. Emphasis will be placed on how these theories inform the methodological and ethical implications of doing research in politically unstable contexts.

Individual research papers will be handed in before the campus course and be thoroughly discussed through peer-review and input from the instructors in workshops during the course.

Programme Outline
The course contains 4 core elements: i) interactive lectures; ii) open space dialogues hosted by senior teachers; iii) plenary debates; iv) small group discussions. The course elements each model different dimensions of academic debate and ensure in-depth conversations with peers and seniors. The first two days set the stage with lectures, small group discussion and open space dialogue to help foster critical dialogue and meaningful interaction. The third day focuses on a lecture, student paper feedback and plenary debates to develop critical thinking and consolidate learning. The final day is devoted to evaluation, consolidation and planning for future courses.

Pre-/Post-Campus Assignments

  • Read the assigned literature to ensure a common academic base;
  • Prepare questions for open space and plenary debates;
  • Write individual course paper 2 weeks in advance.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge
    • Distinguish between major approaches to governance, citizenship and political subjectivity.
    • Identify the assumptions upon which major approaches are based.
  2. Skills
    • Appraise how governance techniques are developed and used across scales.
    • Apply theories of governance, political subjectivity and citizenship to specific examples.
    • Critically link theory and methods.
  3. Judgement and approach
    • Evaluate the implications of governance strategies for public authority, citizenship and political subjectivities in different contexts and scales.
    • Operationalise abstract concepts about governance and citizenship to understand current global challenges.

Evaluation Elements
Pass/fail evaluation will be based on: (i) approval of individual course paper and (ii) active participation during the campus course.

Pedagogical Approach
The 4 course elements are designed to teach critical thinking; stimulate active learning; demonstrate how theory is made; provide feedback on individual work; and generate a shared dialogue about emerging ideas in the field. This will ensure students’ intellectual development in conversation with leading scholars in the field.

Estimated Workload

  • 10 hours seminar
  • 10 hours lecture
  • 125 hours independent work
  • 5 hours other (Open Space and Panel Discussions)

Prerequisite Knowledge
An interest in critical thinking and some background in geography, anthropology, sociology, development studies or related field.

Admission for NOVA courses is handled by the course organiser/ the NOVA member institution organising the course. Please see the links in the margin for more information.

Students should submit a CV and 1 page application explaining why they are interested in the course and how it is relevant to their own research.

Extended application deadline: 15 Aug. 2017.

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Published 19. January 2017 - 15:11 - Updated 27. June 2017 - 13:25

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