Module Identifier IP39920  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Ms Anwen M Elias  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   16 Hours. 16 x 1 hour lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   8 Hours. 4 x 2 Hour Seminars  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment 1 x 2500 word essay  40%

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.


Upon completion of this module, students should be able to:

- Evaluate the theoretical and conceptual difficulties of studying nationalism
- Describe and analyse the main theoretical perspectives on the origins of nations
- Critically discuss different theoretical accounts of the composition of the nation
- Demonstrate, through written work and in seminars, an ability to apply these theoretical perspectives to contemporary issues relating to nationalist mobilisation and claims to nationhood
- Discuss the key features of minority nationalism and right-wing extremist nationalism, and their implications for the liberal democratic state
- Explain and compare different examples of nationalist mobilisation in different geographical settings
- Identify and discuss the main challenges posed by globalisation and European integration to traditional understandings of the 'nation', 'national identity' and 'citizenship'
- Discuss and evaluate the ethics of secession
- Evaluate different philosophical accounts of minority and group rights



This module is at CQFW Level 6