STV4302B - Nationalism and Ethnic Politics
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
- What are nations?
- How are they formed?
- What is the relationship between ethnicity and the state?
The course focuses on the phenomenon of nationalism and the expressions of ethnicity in the political sphere. It combines theoretical and empirical inputs from comparative political science as well as political sociology, but also draws on social anthropology, sociology and history to provide a comprehensive introduction into the issue.
It tries to strike a balance between teaching theories and anchoring them in empirical “selected issues” – contemporary manifestations of ethnic politics and influence of nationalist ideologies on political life.
The students will learn about the major theories of nationalism and the emergence of nations, which will then be applied to two empirical cases:
- Central Europe (the Visegrád states)
The second half of the course discusses contemporary points of interest in which ethnicity and nationalism act both as conflict generators and potential tools of conflict resolution. Topics covered include:
- modern nationalist political parties
- ethnic violence and civil war
- ethnic minorities, with an emphasis on Eastern Europe
- immigration, with a focus on Western Europe
The students will:
- become familiar with the main theories of nationalism, including primordialism, modernism, ethnosymbolism and postmodern approaches
- learn about the historical background of “the age of nationalism”
- be encouraged to use the theories they have learned to the empirical cases of Norway and Central Europe
- learn about contemporary nationalist and right-wing populist political parties in Europe
- discover the differences and similarities between two manifestations of the issue of ethnic minorities:
- the question of irredentist and historical minorities in Eastern Europe (e.g. Ukraine, the Baltic States or Romania)
- the problems of immigration and integration in Western Europe (e.g. France, Germany or Britain)
- learn about the most violent sides of ethnic conflict, civil war and genocide, with their political, ideological, social and cultural roots
The students will:
- learn to think in terms of theory and to evaluate competing theoretical approaches.
- develop the ability to employ theories in empirical research .
- enhance their skills in oral presentations.
The students will:
- enhance their capability to think critically about nationalist ideologies and politics.
- acquire a good theoretical background in an important area of politics.
- inquire in depth into some of the most important of today’s debates that engage scholars and intellectuals across Europe and beyond.
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Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
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For incoming students
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Recommended previous knowledge
Bachelor's degree in Political Science or equivalent.
Lectures and seminars.
In the seminars there will be student presentations.
6 hour written examination.
You must also give an oral presentation well ahead of the written examination, which will receive a pass or fail grade. Presence and attendance at the student presentations is compulsory in order to be able to sit for the exam.
Examination support material
Students may use dictionaries at this exam. Dictionaries must be handed in before the examination. Please read regulations for dictionaries permitted at the examination.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
It is recommended to request an explanation of your grade before you decide to appeal.
The deadline to request an explanation is one week after the grade is published. For oral and practical examinations, the deadline is immediately after you have received your grade.
The explanation should normally be given within two weeks after you have asked for it. The examiner decides whether the explanation is to be given in writing or verbally.
Resit an examination
If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.
See also our information about resitting an exam.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.