Module Identifier GG35020  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Dr Rhys Jones  
Semester Intended For Use In Future Years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Mutually Exclusive DA35020  
Course delivery Lecture   18 sessions (combination of lecture and seminar)  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   50%  
  Essay   Late submissions subject to the departmental penalty of 5% points per day. Both elements to be completed to obtain a pass; mark based on the aggregate performance. Two essays to be submitted in weeks 6 and 11.   40%  
  Seminar presentation     10%  
  Resit assessment   If the student fails the module, there will be an opportunity to resit the examination (50%) and the two assessed essays (40%). For a condoned (medical grounds) non-completion of examination or coursework involves the completion of the missing component(s) for the full range of marks on dates set in the Supplementary Examination period. Resit due to aggregate failure or non-completion of part of the assessment requires re-examination of each component if marks of <35% in both were obtained, or re-examination or re-submission of the failed component (examination or assignment(s) to obtain a maximum mark of 35% for the module). The two essays re-submitted will be on different subjects to the first two submitted.    

Module Outline (Lecture Themes)

Session 1: Introduction to module themes.

The state

Session 2: Theories of state formation.

Sessions 3-6: The modern state. Definitions of the modern state, specific case studies of modern states.


Sessions 7-8: Concepts of nationalism, both modern and historical.

Sessions 9-11: Examples of nationalism in historical and modern contexts.

Cultural minorities

Session 12: The concept of cultural minorities.

Sessions 13-17: Historical and modern instances of cultural minorities.

Session 18: Conclusion.

Module Aims
This module will provide students with a wide knowledge of concepts relating to the state, nationalism and cultural minorities. It will also encourage students to develop an understanding of regional and international patterns and processes which are occurring in all parts of the world. In addition, the module will develop the students' skills of analysis, comparison and criticism.

Module objectives / Learning outcomes
On completion of the module the student will be able to (1) express themselves confidently concerning the different concepts which have been put forward to explain the nature of the state and nationalism; (2) appreciate the close relationship between the modern state and nationalism; (3) show a deep understanding of the nature of cultural minorities throughout the world, as well as discerning the similarities and differences between them; (4) integrate module themes with the core reading; (5) analyse reports and articles in the media and relate them to the main themes of the module.

Reading Lists
Anderson, J.. (1996) 'The shifting stage of politics: new medieval and postmodern territorialites'. Society and Space 14, 133-53.
Taylor, P.J.. (1995) 'Beyond containers: internationality, interstateness, inter-territoriality'. Progress in Human Geography 19(1), 1-15.
Hall, S.. (1995) 'Cultural identity in question'; in S. Hall et al. (eds.), Modenity and its Futures. Polity Press, Cambridge.