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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Students are introduced to fundamental questions in the study of politics. What is a state? What is a nation? What are the origins of nationalism? Students examine how state-building and industrialisation have influenced the formation of national identity and how nationalist movements and international factors have influenced the formation of states. In this subject we draw on a number of case studies, from European and the Asia-Pacific region, and link these case-studies to theoretical discussion of states and nationhood. This subject is particularly recommended for students in second year.

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGeorge Vasilev

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics subject and 15 credit points of any Humanities and Social Sciences subject, or subject coordinator's approval


Incompatible subjects POL3NAS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsImagined communitiesRecommendedAnderson, B.REV. EDN. VERSO 1991.
ReadingsNationalism: a critical introductionRecommendedSpencer, P. and Wollman, H.SAGE 2002.
ReadingsNations and Nationalism since 1780RecommendedHobsbawm, E.CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS 1990.

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