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Department of Politics and International Studies

Nationalism, ethnicity and state in Asia and Africa

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This is a final year course examining the various typologies of nationalism and theoretical approaches on the role of ethnicity in the emergence of national and state identities. The first part of the course addresses theoretical and historical perspectives on the study of ethnicity and nationalism. The second part deals with the emergence, exacerbation and accommodation of ethno-national conflicts, paying particular attention to cases of ethnic separatism, interethnic violence, genocide and civil war. The final part examines the structural and institutional framework as well as the strategies employed by states to address ethno-national conflicts and grievances. The course is comparative in scope and encourages students to develop a cross-regional perspective.

Please note, this course is not available as a open option course.


153400067 Comparative Political Sociology of Asia and Africa OR 153400014 International Politics.

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

 By the end of the course students should be familiar with the concepts of ethnicity, nationalism and conflicts and be able to apply this theoretical understanding to existing conflicts.

Method of assessment

Assessment is 100% coursework, which should be submitted electronically. In the event of failure coursework is resubmissable.