The Politics Of Nationalism And Ethnicity POLITIC4026

  • 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

Short Description

This course will focus on nationalism as a political phenomenon and examine its impact on contemporary politics. Lectures will focus on the main theoretical debates surrounding the origins of nationalism, assessing their validity and application.

Timetable

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

Requirements of Entry

Honours Entry, as set out in the Undergraduate Course Catalogue

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

The course will be assessed by a three hour examination that will account for 100% of the grade. The paper will be divided in two and students will be expected to answer a question from each section (this means that students will likely spend ninety minutes in each question).

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 will focus on nationalism as a political phenomenon and examine its impact on contemporary politics. Lectures will focus on the main theoretical debates surrounding the origins of nationalism, assessing their validity and application. Particular attention will be paid to the work of Ernest Gellner and Anthony Smith and the debate between modernism and ethno-symbolism. More recent conceptual contributions and debates will also be examined in this context. The importance of nationalism in the contemporary world will be examined through a number of case studies. These will include the impact of the European Union on nationalism in Europe after 1945, the nature of English and Scottish nationalism and the debate over sovereignty and the right of nations to self determination in the twenty first century.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ understand the main theoretical contributions to the study of nationalism and ethnicity.

■ distinguish between different varieties of the phenomenon and gain an appreciation of the special characteristics of individual cases.

■ appreciate the various ways that nationalism and ethnicity interact with contemporary politics.

■ demonstrate an understanding of issues related to integration, secession and state building in the context of the study of nationalism.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

None