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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2010
Coordinator(s)Penelope Graham


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.


On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Analyse key concepts constituting anthropological and sociological approaches to ethnicity and nationalism.

  1. Demonstrate a grasp of the arguments in the principle works on nationalism currently defining the topic in the social sciences.

  1. Analyse the relationship of nationalism to various wide-ranging sociological phenomena such as colonialism and globalisation.


Written work: 70%
Test: 20%
Class participation: 10%

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 1 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

International studies


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


COS2350, ANY3350, COS3350