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Questions of Identity: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Globalisation (6 points)


Leader: Penelope Graham

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit examines the modern phenomenon of nationalism and reviews a range of theories that attempt to account for it. Despite predictions of its demise, nationalism is apparently flourishing as we continue to witness the forging of nations and the construction of national identities around the globe. Overall, the unit explores the thesis that the nation, as a culturally defined community, is the highest symbolic value of modernity. Themes include the relationship of nationalism to ethnicity and migration, gender and sexuality, colonialism and globalisation.

Assessment: Seminar participation: 20% + Oral class presentation (equivalent to 1000 words): 20% + Theorist book review exercise (1000 words): 20% + Topical Essay (2000 words): 40%

Contact Hours: 2 hours (1 lecture and 1 tutorial) per week

Prerequisites: A first-year sequence in Anthropology or History or Politics or Sociology or a cognate discipline or by permission

Prohibitions: COS2350, ANY3350, COS3350

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