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Postgraduate Course: Religion and Nationalism: Theory and Performance (REST11019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Divinity CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course aims to address the direct and indirect influences of religion on nationalism, and the relationship that exists between them. Two crucial areas will therefore be explored: a) the creative and subtle ways in which religious ideas are used as a repertoire for nationalist imagining; b) the role 'religion' plays as a contested social space shaped by power. The course aims to complement other optional courses on the history and contemporary interpretations of religion and society, in the Religious Studies and Divinity, Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, Anthropology and International Relations programmes.
Course description Academic Description:
This course aims to investigate the manner in which religion and nationalism interact. It will demonstrate that the importance of religion on contemporary debates ranging from nationalism to its place in the public sphere is far from marginal, but central to the way we should think about the global world system. In order to achieve this, the course combines strong theoretical discussions ranging from classical theories from the French Revolution to more recent postcolonial scholarship, alongside detailed case studies from around the world that has many contemporary resonances. These debates will be carefully considered both in the lectures and the seminar discussions based on readings that are both empirically rich and theoretically innovative.

Syllabus/Outline Content:
The complexity and richness of the course will be illustrated through thematic considerations such as the importance of homeland, gender, mapping, the discourse of ethnic election, postcolonial nationalisms, the relationship between state, nation, religious identities, secularism, to the resurgence of indigenous peoples┐ place in the world system. It will discuss the ways in which modern theories of nationalism provide a lens through which nations can be understood both in its modern guise, but also in the way its roots in antiquity have been central to its identity in the present. It will examine classic books on nationalism such as Imagined Communities by Benedict Anderson; The Ethnic Origin of Nations by Anthony D. Smith; to the importance of postcolonial and poststructuralist thinkers to this debate by scholars such as Partha Chatterjee and Talal Asad.

Student Learning Experience Information:
The course has a programme of two-hour weekly meetings consisting of one-hour weekly lectures, and one-hour seminar discussions. This will be complemented by five separate hour-each PG seminars, where more in-depth and advanced discussions will be held. Each student will do a presentation based on the assigned reading and will be responsible for leading class discussion during the seminar hour. Students are also required to write a weekly-assessed blog that will demonstrate their understanding and engagement with the readings. Students will also have the opportunity to construct an essay title that focuses on a topic of their interest in conversation with the lecturer. Through their participation in lectures, seminars, written work, and feedback offered, students will demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesThis is a graduate-level course. Please confirm subject prerequisites with the Course Manager.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. An understanding of key concepts such as religion and nationalism, and ability to link these to broader theories of the modern state, secularism, globalisation and belonging.
  2. The critical ability to interrogate the importance of religion in shaping nationalist discourse, in both historical and contemporary contexts.
  3. In depth engagement with primary and secondary sources, and scholarly debates on the relevant texts.
  4. An ability to undertake independent research by devising a 3000-3500 word essay - topic of interest.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsRelNatPG
Contacts
Course organiserMr Liam Sutherland
Tel:
Email: lsuther5@exseed.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Katrina Munro
Tel: (0131 6)50 8900
Email: Kate.Munro@ed.ac.uk
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