2025.13 - Nationalism in local and global context

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Nationalism in local and global context
Students are required to hold an upper secondary education diploma or equivalent qualification.
To familiarise students with the foundations of nationalism as a historical and political phenomenon in a local and global context, based on theories about nationalism. Students are expected to: • understand nationalism and the nation state as historical and political phenomena • know the basic theories on nationalism and the nation state • link theories to concrete examples and empirical material • understand nationalism and the importance of this phenomenon at the local and global level • prepare a written assignment on the subject based on empirical and theoretical reflections The course is also aimed at others, who are interested in or need to familiarise themselves with nationalism as an international sociological phenomenon.
Through concrete examples from world history and theoretical perspectives, students will acquire a basic understanding of the history of nationalism, concepts and theories, equipping them to assess the importance of the phenomenon for modern history, politics, states and culture. The course will be based on contemporary theories on the subject. Students choose a topic for their exam assignment in consultation with the lecturer. Students will work on the written assignment during the course
Learning and teaching approaches
The duration of the course is approximately 30 hours. Learning and teaching strategies include lectures, debates and exercises, in addition to individual supervision for the exam assignment
Learning outcomes
The successful student can demonstrate ability to: • understand nationalism as a historical and political phenomenon • explain the basic concepts used in research on nationalism • know different theories regarding the emergence and significance of nationalism • assess different theories in research on nationalism • place nationalism in the context of world history and global politics
Assessment method
The examination is an approximately 15-page-long individual written assignment on a perspective or topic approved by the lecturer. Students must demonstrate that they are capable of discussing nationalism based on the competences mentioned in the learning outcomes. In order to pass the examination, each student must first give an oral presentation based on a brief written summary, as well as act as discussant at a presentation given by one of their fellow students.
The required reading amounts to approximately 1000 pages. Half of the bibliography is set for the whole class, while the other half is made up of individual reading for the examination assignment. Students are required to submit a complete reading list with bibliographical details when they submit the examination assignment; the reading list is subject to the lecturer’s approval.
Elin Súsanna Jacobsen