Major debates and themes in the study of nations and nationalism. Applies theory to a variety of cases around the world.
Exploring how nationalism has shaped and continues to shape the contemporary world,
this paper provides a valuable foundation for understanding key features of politics
within and between states. The first half of the course examines the notion of identity,
the concepts of nation and ethnicity, the origins of nations and nationalism, and
the historical development of nationalism from the nineteenth century to the post-Cold
The second half examines contemporary debates about nationalism, including the basis of national identity, national identity in an international context, poly-ethnic and multinational states, and self-determination and secession. A variety of examples from around the world are used to illustrate.
|Paper title||Nationalism and Identity|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2018|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$3,656.70|
- 18 200-level POLS points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music
- May not be credited together with POLS 330 passed before 2005.
- An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
- Teaching staff
- Dr James Headley
- Paper Structure
- The paper is divided into two halves:
- Theories of nationalism and its historical development
- Nations and nationalism today
- Teaching Arrangements
- Two lectures and one tutorial each week. The lectures give an introduction to the
main themes and issues of the course. They combine theoretical and empirical analysis
of nationalism and associated issues, using a range of examples.
The tutorials are for student-centred discussion and debate of readings relating to topics covered in the lectures.
- Recommended: course reader.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking,
Cultural understanding, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Understanding of the key concepts and theories of nationalism;
- Knowledge of nationalism in the past and in the contemporary world;
- Awareness of the ways in which national identity is constructed and contested;
- Ability to Identify and critically evaluate relevant theoretical and empirical literature on nationalism.