THE UNIVERSITY of EDINBURGH
DEGREE REGULATIONS & PROGRAMMES OF STUDY 2008/2009
Theories and Theorists in Nationalism Studies (P02934)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to major theories and theorists of nationalism. It does this in two ways. First, by examining some of the theoretical answers that have been given to basic questions in the study of nationalism--what is nationalism? when and where does it emerge? who generates nationalism and how? does it have a basis in human nature? Second, by looking in depth at the approaches of some of the key figures (e.g. Ernest Gellner, Anthony D. Smith, Benedict Anderson) in the study of nationalism, and why they have been influential. The lectures are accompanied by student led seminars, which alternate between discussions of key debates, and cases that illustrate key issues.
Home subject area
? Normal year taken : Postgraduate
? Contact Teaching Time : 2 hour(s) per week for 10 weeks
First Class Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The course seeks to enable students to:
- Compare contending definitions and theoretical explanations of
nationalism, both critically and analytically.
- Identify and evaluate key debates around the nature and historical formation of nations and nationalism.
- Demonstrate a good comprehension of the theoretical arguments of several major figures in the field of nationalism studies.
essay in the region of 4000 words
Contact and Further Information
The Course Secretary should be the first point of contact for all enquiries.
Mrs Sue Grant
Dr Jonathan Hearn
School Website : http://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/
College Website : http://www.hss.ed.ac.uk/