CROSS-LISTED FROM RAPP: Ethnicity and Policy Making: the Case of Roma in Europe

Course Description: 

Goal of the course

The course will equip students with practical knowledge, skills, and values to understand and assess policies towards marginalized ethnic and other minority groups through the case of Roma in Europe

Description of the course

The way ethnicity and ethnic identity is dealt with by the State represents an indicator of democratic consolidation. In Europe, national minority protection system is regarded as a model for securing democratic consolidation.  While such systems provide representation and space for some national minorities in Europe, Roma and other marginalized groups seem to insufficiently benefit from this model. Are there specific recipes for governments to accommodate ethnic and cultural diversity, while pursuing policies towards social cohesion?

Using critical social theories such as critical race theory, policy design theory, feminist theories, et al., the course will analyze how policymaking towards Roma in Europe accommodates Roma ethnic identity. The focus will be on the EU Framework for Roma Integration as well as similar policies implemented in the last 25 years.

Learning Outcomes: 

During the course the students will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge on Roma history, exclusion mechanisms and policies on inclusion, and other related and relevant concepts and theories.

After attending this course, students will be able to:

  •  analyze inclusion measures and policies towards Roma and other ethnic and marginalized groups;
  • design research plans for Roma centered research topics and apply critical social theories to Roma policies;
  • draft policy recommendations on social inclusion of marginalized or otherwise discriminated groups;
  • develop basic social inclusion plans towards Roma and other marginalized minority groups.

In addition, the students will also learn about models to manage ethnic diversity.

The students will appreciate the need of including minorities’ perspective into the policy-making process, equality and non-discrimination, and diversity management principle.


Students will be expected to attend and actively participate in all the class meetings. Students will work individually and in groups to complete the class assignments.  Students will have to write an essay at the end of the course. The final grade will combine the assessment of a final paper (50%), class participation (25%), and individual or group presentations (25%).