This course is only available for second year students in the BA International Studies.
The number of participants is limited to 25.
Currently the world is divided into nation-states. However, the nation-state only came into being some two hundred years ago and in 1945 the majority of the world’s population still lived in multi-ethnic empires. But why did the nation-state become the dominant form of statehood? In this course we will primarily focus on the way the nation-building process stimulated people to identify with the (new) nation-state. This happened through the introduction of national symbols, holidays and monuments, the extension of primary education, the introduction of military service et cetera. However, this was not only a top-down process led by political elites. All kinds of more banal objects, activities and places were also increasingly associated with the nation, such as Swiss watches, Argentinian tangos and Irish pubs. Although these historical processes have been extensively studied on a national level, it is also clear that they were part of a global trend and that many similarities can be detected. This course, therefore, has an outspoken comparative perspective.
During the course we will first study some more theoretical perspectives and then analyse the historical evolution of nationalism and the nation-building process in the various parts of the globe (the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa). During the second part of the course the students will have to present the (preliminary) results of their own investigations based on a substantial amount of secondary studies on a very concrete topic, which they can choose freely (after consultation with the instructor).
Additionally, the students will work through:
- W.C. Booth, G.G. Colomb, J.W. Williams, The Craft of Research, third edition, Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
The elective courses for International Studies are designed to teach students how to deal with state-of-the-art literature and research questions. They are chosen to enhance the students’ learning experience by building on the interdisciplinary perspectives they have developed so far, and to introduce them to the art of academic research. They are characterised by an international or comparative approach.
Academic skills that are trained include:
Oral presentation skills:
1. to explain clear and substantiated research results;
2. to provide an answer to questions concerning (a subject) in the field covered by the course a. in the form of a clear and well-structured oral presentation; b. in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria; c. using up-to-date presentation techniques; d. aimed at a specific audience;
3. to actively participate in a discussion following the presentation.
1. to be socio-communicative in collaborative situations;
2. to provide and receive constructive criticism, and incorporate justified criticism by revising one’s own position;
3. adhere to agreed schedules and priorities.
Basic research skills, including heuristic skills:
1. to collect and select academic literature using traditional and digital methods and techniques;
2. to analyze and assess this literature with regard to quality and reliability;
3. to formulate on this basis a sound research question;
4. to design under supervision a research plan of limited scope, and implement it using the methods and techniques that are appropriate within the discipline involved;
5. to formulate a substantiated conclusion.
Written presentation skills:
1. to explain clear and substantiated research results;
2. to provide an answer to questions concerning (a subject) in the field covered by the course a. in the form of a clear and well-structured oral presentation; b. in agreement with the appropriate disciplinary criteria; c. using relevant illustration or multimedia techniques; d. aimed at a specific audience.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
Seminars are held every week, with the exception of the midterm exam week. This course includes supervised research.
Total course load for this course is 10 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), this equals 280 hours, broken down by:
Attending lectures: 2 hours per week x 12 weeks = 24 hours
Time for studying the compulsory literature and completing weekly assignments (8 hours per week): 96
Preparation for presentations: 16 hours
Writing the final research essay (including reading / research): 134 hours
Assessment & Weighing
|Final research essay (5000 words)
To successfully complete the course, please take note that the end grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average.
Students who have been active participants in class and submitted the final paper on time, but scored an overall insufficient mark, are entitled to a resit. For the resit, students are given a chance to hand in a new version of the final paper.
In case of resubmission of the final essay (insufficient grade only) the final grade for the essay will be lowered as a consequence of the longer process of completion. The deadline for resubmission is 10 working days after receiving the grade for the final essay.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2017 – 2018.
How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.
John Breuilly ed., The Oxford handbook of the history of nationalism (paperback edition; Oxford: Oxford University Press 2016).
W.C. Booth, G.G. Colomb, J.W. Williams, The Craft of Research, third edition, Chicago/London: University of Chicago Press, 2008.
We will read some 10 chapters from Breuilly’s handbook. Other required readings, consisting of more theoretical articles or chapters, will be made available through Blackboard.
Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis can be found here.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting the lecturer, please include your full name, student number and tutorial group number.
The deadline for submission of the final essay is 15 June 2018.
Passing this course is an entry requirement for the thesis and thesis seminar.