This module will begin with an overview of nation-states and nationalism. What are nations? How were they created? What is nationalism and what role does it play? After gaining a better understanding of these terms, we will move on to look national identity. On what basis do nations and nation-states construct their identity? Is it language, culture, territory, race, ethnicity, or something else? We’ll look to historical and modern examples to better understand conflicts that can arise from differing ideas of national identity. Lastly, we’ll also take a close look at the dark side of nationalism: racism and nationalist extremism.
Module Leader:Katherine Kondor