SOC40620 Nationalism and Social Change

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module aims to explore the key theoretical approaches in the study of nations and nationalism. The focus is on understanding the sociological foundations of the large scale historical changes that have shaped the world over the last 250 years. The module provides a thematic survey of these long term historical developments with a spotlight on the relationships between nations, nationalism, modernity and social change. More specifically the module addresses the cultural, political, economic, and social aspects of nation formation in Europe and other continents. The module aims to examine major research traditions in the study of nations and nationalism, and to relate these approaches to other key themes in sociology.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module the students are expected to be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the main sociological approaches in the study of nations and nationalism, evaluate the role modernity has played in the formation of nations and nationalisms and appraise the general relationships between nations, nationalism and social change in the broader historical and geographical contexts.

Indicative Module Content:

Introduction
How old are nations?
Imagining the (post-colonial) nations
Fighting for the nation
Gendering the nation
Forging the nation
Inventing the nation
The people
The intellectuals
The Future of nationalism and cosmopolitanism

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)

22

Specified Learning Activities

120

Autonomous Student Learning

108

Total

250

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a two hour seminar based module that involves group based discussion and debate. The module coordinator introduces the topic and then the students with the help of the coordinator discuss the assigned key readings.

 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: 3000 words end of semester essay. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No

80

Continuous Assessment: The students are required to submit the weekly reading summaries and to actively participate in the class discussions and debate. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No

20


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided on assessed coursework as individual comments during office hours.

Name Role
Professor Sinisa Malesevic Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Iarfhlaith Watson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Tues 13:00 - 14:50