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Postgraduate Course: Citizenship in Europe (LAWS11472)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis aim of this course is to explore the multi-level governance framework for citizenship in Europe, looking at the national, subnational and international/European levels at which law operates. The aim is to understand the classic notion of national citizenship in the context of developments such as European Union citizenship and the impact of supranational and international norms such as the ECHR, placing the law throughout in its wider political context.
Course description The weekly seminar topics may include the following:

1. The multilevel governance of citizenship in Europe: sources of law and principles of competence;
2. The national attribution of citizenship: principles of acquisition and loss;
3. Kin state citizenship, dual citizenship and investor citizenship;
4. The invention and interpretation of EU citizenship: its roots in free movement and principles of democracy;
5. The relationship between EU citizenship and national citizenship;
6. The development of regional international norms in citizenship law: The European Convention on Nationality and its application to the creation of new states in Europe;
7. The impact of regional human rights norms on citizenship in Europe: the ECHR¿s application to nationality and statelessness;
8. Citizenship and populism in Europe: redefining the nature of ¿the people¿;
9. Subnational norms of citizenship in Europe: Scotland, Catalonia and Flanders;
10. The right to vote beyond the state: the impact of the European Union on non-citizen voting and non-resident citizen voting.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) This course will be assessed by the following components:

1) 4000 word essay (80%)
2) 1000 word blog post (20%)

Both to be submitted at the end of the course.

Requirements for all course assessments will be outlined to students within the individual courses at the start of each semester.
Feedback "Students will be invited to formulate their own essay questions for the summative assessment, and on this basis the formative assessment will involve the submission of an outline bibliography and abstract for the essay by week 8, on which they will be given feedback.

Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.

Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the multi-level governance of citizenship in Europe, including the principal modes of acquisition and loss of citizenship, as well as the interface between citizenship laws, constitutional law, international law and human rights law, in different national and regional contexts;
  2. Find and contextualise key materials relating to citizenship law at the national and regional/international level; critically evaluate the relevant documents, including constitutions, legislation and case law; engage with complex areas of law and analyse complex arguments on the topic of the course;
  3. Demonstrate critical analytical skills; comprehension, including prioritization of points in argumentation; writing skills, in particular summarizing information; articulation of opinion as well as justification of that opinion;
  4. Engage in contemporary debates involving the subject-matter of the course and demonstrate an ability to formulate opinions on complex materials;
  5. Reflect on the moral and political implications of citizenship across Europe, and develop skills in making arguments about desirable legal arrangements in relation to citizenship and statelessness.
Reading List
Most of the readings needed are already available through the library, although a small number of additional resources would be helpful. The major gap is the Oxford Handbook of Citizenship.

Shaw J, The People in Question, Bristol University Press, 2020.
- A paperback copy of this book (once available) would be helpful (I will be donating a hardback once the Library is accepting hard copies again, and we already have access to the ebook)

Oxford Handbook of Citizenship, 2017
¿ not currently available; online access would be essential, plus ideally a physical copy of this book.

Engin F. Isin & Peter Nyers, 2014. Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies, London: Taylor and Francis.

Students will in addition be reading a wide range of periodical literature. All the relevant journals are available online via the Library.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry:
- Develop the ability to engage in inter-disciplinary dialogue.
- Develop the ability to undertake legal research
- Develop the ability to read texts critically (including both primary and secondary sources), and to distinguish between material of central and peripheral importance to the topic.

Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy:
- Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues;
- Deal with complex issues and make informed judgements in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information. Especially, capacity to engage with a holistic assessment of complex policies at the EU and national level;
- Identify the need for and engage with interdisciplinary cooperation to create and implement effective public policies.

Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in Communication:
- Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues, and specialists.
- Participate to a brainstorming and contribute to collective reflections on issue solving
- Understand a broad variety of sources.

Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness:
- Develop the ability to work independently under fixed deadlines.
- Participate effectively in seminars and discussions.
- Develop their ability to present the outcome of independent research in a clear written and oral form.
KeywordsLLM,European Law,Europe,Level 11,Postgraduate,Law,Citizenship
Course organiserMr Timothy Jacob-Owens
Course secretaryMs Susanna Wickes
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