Nationalism is a potent force in the modern world. Its power can often be seen either in its violent, exclusive variety, for example the rise of an array of right-wing anti-immigrant parties, secessionist movements and ethnic conflicts throughout the world; or in its more inclusive version, for example in the form of a unifying patriotism, to which one can voluntarily belong. How may we understand the persistence of nationalism? And how may we conceptualise the different forms it can take? This course provides a broad overview of the theories of and approaches to the study of nationalist thought and practice; it explores related phenomena including nations, national identities, and nationalist ideologies movements; and unpacks the relationship between nationalism and certain important contemporary phenomena such as right-wing extremism; euroscepticism; regional secessionist movements towards national independence; and an emphasis towards stricter immigration policies. Aims: This course aims to analyse the emergence and persistence of nationalism as well as the circumstances under which it may become associated with conflict, polarisation and violence on the one hand; and peace and stability on the other.

Term(s) offered: Spring/Summer term module; 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Credit: 3.0
General Education: III B 4