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POLS315 Nationalism and Identity

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 War period.
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
Paper code POLS315
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
18 200-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with POLS 330 passed before 2005.
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.
Eligibility
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
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
Textbooks
Recommended: course reader
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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.

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 11:00-11:50 28-34, 36-41

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 14:00-14:50 29-34, 36-38, 40-41
T2 Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-38, 40-41
T3 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 29-34, 36-38, 40-41

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 War period.
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
Paper code POLS315
Subject Politics
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
18 200-level POLS points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Notes
May not be credited together with POLS 330 passed before 2005.
Eligibility
An interest in national and international affairs is an advantage.
Contact
politics@otago.ac.nz
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.
Textbooks
Recommended: course reader.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Research.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
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.

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard