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   Course Title    INationalism in the EU
Lecturer    Olga Maslovskaya
Institution    Belarus State University
Country    Belarus

Aim and Objectives of the Course

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the problem of Nationalism and National Conflicts in the EU. On the one hand, the course will familiarize students with the Theories of Nationalism in general. On the other hand, the purpose of this course is to acquaint students with National conflicts in the EU and ways of their solutions. This course also concentrates on the evolution and meaning of ideas of the nation state, national sovereignty, self-determination and nationalist secession.

This course will be very useful for the students of the Department of International Relation, because future experts in the field of international relations should know and understand all aspects of such a distinct political and economical structure as the EU, and the problem of nationalism in the EU is no exception.

Classes will be conducted in lectures, seminars, and there will be written and oral assignments.

The first classes will be devoted to studying Theories of Nationalism and ideas of the nation state, national sovereignty, self-determination and nationalist secession. The following classes will examine states and specific conflicts within such societies. Next, we will study different mechanisms to resolve and prevent conflicts. Finally the focus will be shifted to the examination of differences in conflicts and their resolution. The main area under consideration in the course will be the EU. The course will conclude with a comparison of the different tools available for the resolution of conflicts and an outlook to future conflicts in the region.

Course Format

The class will meet for 7 weeks, twice a week. First 5 weeks (10 classes) will be lectures, the last 2 weeks (4 classes) will be seminars. Both parts of the course are equally important and therefore attendance at both is compulsory.

It is intended that lectures are not only instructions given by the lecturer, but also a discussion between students and the lecturer. These discussions are intended to focus attention on the specific subjects outlined in the syllabus and thus require that students do the assigned readings. Supplementary readings are also strongly recommended. Additional readings based on studentsí own initiative are encouraged and welcome. Seminars are basically for everybodyís presentation of his or her term paper and the discussion that follows.

There will be a final exam at the end of the semester (list of questions will be announced at the end of the course and will be based on the topics discussed during the lecturers).

Course Requirements and Distribution of Grades

  1. Participation (20%)
  2. Participation is an important element in ensuring the success of the course. The discussion resulting from participation will also increase the benefit of the course for the students. Students are expected to discuss the readings, ask different questions and develop their own position on the issues discussed.

  3. Term paper (20%)
  4. The paper can be a written version (if expanded and revised) of the presentation (length: 3000-4000 words, 10-12 pages). Topics will be distributed, but students will be free to choose topics of their particular interest (after consultation with the lecturer). The deadline for the paper is week 5 ( the last lecture).

  5. Presentation of the term paper (during seminars) (20%)
  6. The presentation should be approximately 10 minutes. After that student should answer the classmatesí and lecturerís questions.

  7. Final Exam (40%)

It will be based on the topics and questions, discussed during the lectures.

Basic literature

  1. The Globalization of World Politics (1999) (Oxford University Press).
  2. James G. Kellas (1998), The Politics of Nationalism and Ethnicity (St. Martinís Press).
  3. Tom Nairn (1997), Faces of Nationalism (Verso).
  4. Viva Ona Bartkus (1999), The Dynamic of Secession (Cambridge University Press).
  5. Montserrat Guibernau (1996), Nationalisms. The Nation-State and Nationalism in the Twenties Century (Polity Press).
  6. Anthony H. Birch (1989), Nationalism and National Integration (London: Unwin Hyman).
  7. Umut Ozkirimli (2000), Theories of Nationalism (Macmillan Press).
  8. Hague R., Harrop M., Breslin Sh. (1993), Political Science, a Comparative Introduction. (New York: St. Martinís Press).
  9. Europeís New Nationalism. State and Minorities in Conflict (1996) (Oxford University Press).
  10. Fisher V, Evropa: ekonomika, obschestvo, gosudarstvo (in Russian), Moskva, 1999.
  11. Foucher M, Evropeyskaya respublika (in Russian), Moskva, 1999
  12. Kolerov M., Nationalism (in Russian), Moskva, 2000.
  13. Kurochkin D., Evro: novaya valuta dlia starogo sveta, Minsk, 2000.

Russian and English-language journals and newspapers which give a prominent role to policy-oriented and theoretical articles dealing with the problems of nationalism in the EU include the following:

Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, World Policy Journal, Kompas (in Russian), Belarusian Journal of International Law and International Relations (in Russian), Newsweek, The Economist, Time, etc.

List of Classes


Week 1

Class 1 Introduction

Class 2 Nation State, National Sovereignty, Self-determination and Nationalist Secession.

Week 2

Class 3 Theories of Nationalism (primordialism, modernism, ethno-symbolism, etc.) and Nationalism in Classical Social Theory (Heinrich von Tretschke, Karl Marx, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, etc.).

Class 4 National Integration in the United Kingdom: the British state.

Week 3

Class 5 National Integration in the United Kingdom: Wales and Scotland.

Class 6 National Integration in the United Kingdom: Ireland.

Week 4

Class 7 Nationalism in France and Belgium.

Class 8 Nationalism in Spain and Italy.

Week 5

Class 9 Different Tools Available for the Resolution of Conflicts and an Outlook to Future Conflicts in the EU.

Class 10 Conclusion


Week 6

Class 11 Presentations of the Students.

Class 12 Presentations of the Students.

Week 7

Class 13 Presentations of the Students.

Class14 Presentations of the Students.

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