Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Nationalism in Theory and Practice
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 8 Hours. 4 x 2 Hour Seminars
Lecture 14 Hours. 14 x 1 hour lectures


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Seminar Performance  10%
Semester Assessment 2,500 word essay  40%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  50%

Brief description

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the key theoretical debates about the formation, composition and function of nations in contemporary politics. The ways in which nationalist mobilisation and claims to nationhood have played out in different political contexts will be explored. The module will also consider the implications of globalization and transnational integration for ways of understanding identity, territorility and political authority.


  • Difficulties of conceptualising and theorising the 'nation'
  • Consideration of different explanations of the emergence of nationalism as a political phenomenon
  • Who constitutes the nation? Primordial vs. Civic accouints of the composition of the nation
  • Minority nationalism and nation-building against the state
  • Nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe
  • The ethics of nationalism and rights of secession
  • The implications of globalisation and European integration for nations and nationalism


This module is at CQFW Level 6