Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Nationalism, State Consolidation, Politics of Identity in Post-Communist Europe CEES3010

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This is a Level 3 course taught by Central and East European Studies. This course discusses concepts and issues around the political management of ethnic diversity in contemporary Central and Eastern Europe


One 2 hour class per week

This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the CEES Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Grade D in Central and East European Studies or cognate social science Level 2.

Excluded Courses



Essay: 5,000 word essay chosen from a list of six questions.


Oral Assessment: Assessment of class participation based on attendance and contribution to class discussion (10%). This is particularly with respect to the weekly research assignments. Students will be expected to research a small, distinct topic each week and be ready to discuss it in class. Students who demonstrate a critical engagement with the topics, and who demonstrate wide reading and research, will obtain high grades in this category. The final mark is therefore based on quantitative participation (class attendance, evidence of having completed the reading/tasks, contributing to class).


If students are unable to attend a lecture they will not be penalised if they (a) complete the customary student absence procedures on My Campus and (b) submit a short 500-word summary of their research to the course convenor within a week of the lecture. Extended deadlines for these short submissions can be agreed with the course convenor based on extenuating circumstances.


For students who have a fear of public speaking, they may ask to submit weekly, written reports instead of orally participating in the class discussion. At the start of the course and in the course handbook, this will be made clear. For these cases students will be asked to contact the course convenor directly (in person or via email) and ask for their written participation to be graded instead of the oral component. These written reports will be 500 words in length and will be submitted at the time of each relevant lecture or emailed to the lecturer before the class.

Course Aims

This course discusses concepts and issues around the political management of ethnic diversity in contemporary Central and Eastern Europe, with particular reference to the relationship between nationalising states, national minorities, 'external national homelands' and the emerging 'minority rights regime' promoted by the EU, OSCE, Council of Europe and other international agencies. The course will focus in particular on state- and nation-building processes and their implications in the Baltic States (esp. Estonia and Latvia), Russia and Ukraine (up to and including the current crisis), as well as exploring the relationship between Hungary and Hungarian minorities living in neighbouring states (Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine)

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course, students should be able to:


■ Understand and analyse critically key theories relating to concepts of statehood, nationhood and nationalism in Europe

■ Analyse the experience of different case study countries within the framework of broader debates around statehood, nationality and democratisation in post-communist Europe, with particular reference to the work of Rogers Brubaker

■ Explain the particular course of state and nation-building within different case study countries, and the ways in which representatives of non-dominant ethnic groups have responded to their changed socio-political circumstances following the end of communism

■ Explain how 'kin states' / 'external national homelands' (e.g. Russia, Hungary) have influenced relations between states and non-dominant groups during the post-communist era

■ Deploy competent argument in an extended piece of essay work and be discerning in the use of source material, including statistical data

■ Show capacity both for independent research and for effective group discussion and, within this context, make succinct and coherent oral presentations to an informed audience

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.