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Postgraduate Course: Comparing Nationalisms (PGSP11580)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science 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 emphasis in this course is on how nationalism is studied. The first part involves lectures and discussions on methodological approaches and models for studying nationalism, such as typologies, comparative frameworks, and case studies. Thereafter various themes that help organize and focus research are explored, such as: national identity, ethnic conflict, and nationalism's relationships to religion, language, postcolonialism, globalization (exact topics may vary from year to year). Students will further explore the issues involved in conceptualising cases and comparison through group exercises and presentations on substantive topics of their choice.

This course's emphasis on empirical study is meant to complement the focus on theory in Theorising Nationalism. Students who have not taken that course are advised to familiarise themselves with some of the key general texts included in the General Guidance on Readings and Sources included at the end of this course syllabus.

This, though, is not a course on methodology, but it does seek to make you aware of methodological issues, with a view to preparing you for writing MSc dissertations.
Course description The course combines lectures by the course teachers and guest scholars. Whereas the first hour is dedicated to lectures, in the second hour students will work in small groups and will be assigned different group tasks and exercises.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  25
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) All students are required to submit a 4000 word essay. The essay requires students to compare 2 or 3 cases of nationalism, justifying the comparison with reference to theory.
Feedback All essays are electronically marked and moderated, and given extensive feedback comments. Students are invited to submit an essay abstract and outline to receive feedback in advance of submitting their essay, that they can feed into the final essay.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Students will be able to draw on an array of ways to categorize and compare different forms of nationalism, and to critically assess their utility
  2. Students will be able to make informed judgments about the applicability of particular theories to particular substantive cases of nationalism.
  3. Students will be able to identify major contemporary themes in the study of nationalism
  4. Students will develop an appreciation of the diversity of forms of nationalism, and of ways of studying it.
  5. Students will be able to draw on this course in writing their dissertations and will be able to demonstrate an ability to compare theories and relate them to substantive case material.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Michael Rosie
Tel: (0131 6)51 1651
Course secretaryMs Emilia Czatkowska
Tel: (0131 6)51 3244
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