New course: “A Constitutional Sociology of Europe”

“What does crowd-sourcing a constitution mean and can ordinary citizens write constitutional rules?”

 “Will human rights save democracy in the 21st century?”

“Why do populist governments in Hungary and Poland attack liberal constitutions?”

“Do constitutions still define the fundamental rules and values in our societies in times of globalization?”


These are just some of the questions discussed in the course “A Constitutional Sociology of Europe: Law, Politics, and Society”, a new course offered in the context of the Jean Monnet Chair in European Political Sociology, Institute of Sociological Studies.

The course offers students innovative, socially relevant, and interdisciplinary skills regarding the interaction between constitutions, human rights, politics, and society. We will explore – amongst others – the reasons of why our modern societies are grounded in constitutions and human rights, the major role played by civil society and social movements, the very different traditions of European countries, and the increased importance of European human rights and constitutions.

Students will gain in-depth knowledge of the sociological dimensions of constitutions and human rights, will understand how rights and constitutional norms play a role in social interaction and affect ordinary citizens’ lives, as well as how they can be the basis for mobilization and collective action.

For further information, please write to Paul Blokker (


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