Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Regionalism and Nationalism in Europe
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials Seminar. 1 x 2 hour per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 1,000 word book review  20%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay  40%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2,500 word essay  40%

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module students should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the factors that have contributed to the rise of regionalism and nationalism in Europe;
- evaluate different institutional and political mechanisms for dealing with territorial mobilisation in Europe;
- describe and analyse dynamics of territorial politics in particular countries as well as in relation to European integration;
- demonstrate an understanding of the complex inter-relationship between domestic territorial politics, European integration and processes of global economic and political change;
- discuss and analyse how the territorialisation of politics has impacted upon party systems and citizenship in regional contexts.

Brief description

This module provides an in-depth and critical examination of the rise and implications of the territorialisation of politics in Western Europe. The module will look in detail at the processes of state-building and nation-building that led to formation of culturally and (often) linguistically distinct regions and nations within the territories of many sovereign states, and will examine the different institutional and political responses adopted by states in response to territorial mobilisation. Individual sessions will be dedicated to examining and understanding the drivers and implications of processes of territorial reform in different European contexts. We will also consider the role of political parties - state-wide parties and stateless nationalist and regionalist parties - in pushing for territorial reform, and the implications for these actors when state territorialisation has been implemented. These discussions will provide students with insights into on-going research projects at the cutting-edge of academic research into the territorialisation of politics in Western Europe. The module also encourages students to think about how to undertake comparative political analysis successfully, and there is an emphasis throughout on critical analysis of different theoretical and methodological perspectives on territorial politics.


Course outline:
1. Introduction: The Rise of Regionalism and Nationalism in Europe
2. Territory and State-formation
3. Comparative Federalism: Perspectives from Western Europe
4. Regionalism and Nationalism in Spain
5. Regionalism and Nationalism in France
6. The Territorial Dimension to European Integration I
7. The Territorial Dimension to European Integration II
8. Territorial Party Politics in Western Europe
9. Citizenship after the Nation-state
10. Conclusion: What future for Regions and Nations in Europe?


This module is at CQFW Level 7