Nationalism, State Consolidation and the Politics of Identity in Post-Communist Europe CEES4040

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

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.

Timetable

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

Mandatory entry requirements
Entry to CEES Honours normally requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over CEES 2A and CEES 2B as a first attempt.

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Examination: 90 minute exam with students answering two out of six questions.

 

Essay: 2,500 - 3,000 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 both quantitative participation (class attendance, evidence of having completed the reading/tasks, contributing to class) and qualitative participation (the quality of their engagement with the discussion).

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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

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.