Secession and political independence in the 20th century ADED11436

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This course will focus on the history of secession since 1914 and assess the overall impact of secessionist movements on the international system and individual states. The historical and comparative context will be established through case studies and contemporary movements will be evaluated.


2 hours per week for 5 weeks

Block 1: Wednesday 1900-2100 (weeks 6-10)

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

■ To provide an introduction to the history of secession since 1914

■ To highlight the relationship between democracy and demands for secession and self-determination.

■ To use case studies to illustrate various aspects of the history of secession since 1914.

■ To show how political attitudes to secession have changed over the past 100 years.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Appreciate the significance of secession, nationalism and democracy during the past 100 years.

■ Understand the challenge that secessionist movements pose to the existing state system.

■ Be able to distinguish between different types of secessionist movements and demands.

■ Be aware of the differences between state and nation and recognise that most states are not nation-states but are often multi-national or multi-ethnic states.

■ Have an understanding of the different strategies pursued by states in response to secessionist demands: which can extend from the establishment of a new state to ethnic cleansing.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits