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DAFF 3120A - Non-State Actors, Transnationalism and Diaspora Politics

Type d'enseignement : Elective

Semester : Spring 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

State-centric approaches to International Relations (IR), both as a scholarly discipline and an actual setting of world politics, have been challenged by the emergence of non-state actors in world politics increasingly in an age of globalisation. This elective course aims to discuss roles, functions, and survival and mobilization strategies as well as limitations of diverse range of economic, social, legal (and illegal), old and new actors, such as trade unions, diasporas, religious movements, human rights movements, popular uprisings, transnational corporations, guerrilla groups and organised crime. Hence, this course will employ an interdisciplinary approach benefiting from conceptual and methodological tools of international relations, political science, sociology and anthropology. Various forms of interactions among these actors and their engagement in world politics can be better understood by shedding light on key concepts and phenomena including transnationalism, migration, diaspora, global activism and deterritorialisation that usually imply identity politics through non-state, sub-state or supra-state loyalties. Special emphases will be put on diaspora mobilisation and transnationalisation of political activity. Students will have the opportunity to investigate a particular non-state actor that they choose to look at closely. In doing so, we will attempt to have a balance between theoretical works and case studies.


KAVAK, Seref (Doctor of Political Science and Internatinal Relations)

Course validation

First hour of each session will be a formal lecture with open interactions between the lecturer and students. Second hour of the lesson will be spared for presentations by a group of 2 students each week. The group will be given 30 minutes (15 minutes for each student) to present their topic and the remaining 30 minutes will be the question and answer and/or comments session where the rest of the class and the lecturer will ask questions to the presenters of the week or make comments on the topic. The course syllabus will provide references to 2 articles (or book chapters) that students will read in advance of each lecture. Complementary references may be used in order to explore in more detail a given issue and prepare the Essay. For group presentations, students are free to find their own academic and/or media sources in addition to the required readings stated in the course syllabus. Where relevant, audio-visual material to support the presentation is welcome! Oral presentation (30%) - theoretical and/or empirical aspects of the topic of the week chosen by each group of 2 students Essay (50%) - A 5000-word essay on a subject to be chosen by each student Oral participation (20%) - throughout the semester both after the presentations and during discussions.

Required reading

  • JOSSELIN, Daphné & WALLACE, William (2001) Non-State Actors in World Politics, London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • SHEFFER, Gabriel (2009) Diaspora Politics: At Home Abroad, New York: Cambridge University Press
  • BAUBÖCK, Rainer & FAIST, Thomas (2010) Diaspora and Transnationalism: Concepts, Theories and Methods, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press
  • VERTOVEC, Steven & COHEN Robin (2002) Conceiving cosmopolitanism: theory, context and practice, Oxford: Oxford University Press