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Nationalism And Security (Module)

Module description

*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years.


  • To promote multidisciplinary understanding of concepts, issues and debates regarding nationalism and security
  • To encourage understanding of the interaction between statehood and population groups
  • To appreciate the relationship between national political discourse and the peace-conflict axis
  • To foster conscious critical reading and discussion of issues of ethnicity, identity, statehood, self-determination and self-protection
  • To complement core course work on the social dimension of war, international order nexus of international peace and security

Learning Outcomes

1. Familiarity with key concepts of nationalism and security

2. Understanding of the variety of relationships within and between states and social groups

3. Understanding of the relationship of nationalism to various aspects of security

4. Command of key concepts such as state, nation, nationalism, ethnicity, self-determination and security.

5. Examined the relationship of nationalism to violence, inter-communal strife, and the instruments of state policy.

6. Understanding of nationalism as both a challenge and a support of international order in the contemporary world.

7. Examined literature on different approaches to nationalism in history and the social sciences

8. Knowledge and understanding of nationalism and security in relation to specific empirical cases

9. Explored the problems and possible solutions to contemporary issues of nationalism and security

Staff information

Dr Natasha Kuhrt*

Teaching pattern

Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work. For a Full Year 40-credit module, this will equate to 40 hours of teaching time (2 hours per week) with 360 hours of self study.

Module assessment - more information

Coursework & Exam*

Key information

Module code 7SSWM107

Credit level 7

Assessment coursework written examination/s

Credit value 40

Semester Full-year

Study abroad module No