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Courses on Nationalism

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Universities in the United Kingdom

Birkbeck College - University of London
MSc/PgDip/PgCert Race and Ethnic Relations
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.
This programme analyses links between race, gender, class, ethnicity and other axes of differentiation. Also examines the intersections of religion, culture, politics, art and identity.
Contact:Faculty of Continuing Education
Centre for School of Social and Natural Science
Birbeck College
26 Russell Square, London, W1B 5DQ
+44 (0)207 631 6653

University of Birmingham
Centre for Russian and East European Studies (CREES).
M.Sc. Russian and European Studies; M.Sc. Contemporary Russian and Eastern European Studies; MA Mode II in Russian and East European Studies; MPhil/PhD Russian and East European Studies
One of the main areas of research in the CREES is Russian society. CREES is a multidisciplinary area-studies centre with a strong orientation towards the social sciences and history.
Contact: Dr Kataryna Wolczuk
+44 (0)121 414 6356

University of Bradford
Department of Peace Studies
BA, MA/Diploma and Doctoral Research Programme
The department offers a full range of courses at Bradford.
Contact: Postgraduate Admissions Secretary Hazel Swaine
+44 (0)127 423 4171
Contact: Rosemary Day in the Department of Peace Studies
University of Bradford, Bradford, BD7 1DP
+44 (0)127 4 234 175

Bristol University
Department of Sociology
MSc Sociology
Recognised by the ESRC for research training purposes, this MSc offers a wide range of modules from which students may choose to pursue particular themes. Key themes currently represented are Ethnicity, Racism and Nationalism; Research Methods; Sexuality and Gender; Social and Cultural Theory.

MSc Social and Cultural Theory. This new MSc examines critically the overlap between sociological, social and cultural theory. Questions of authenticity, identity, social explanation, and the role of the intellectual within postmodernity are key areas of enquiry.

MSc Ethnic Relations. The MSc adopts a wide-ranging comparative focus on the sociological significance of ethnicity and nationalism, 'race' and racism, caste and communalism in the modern world.

Other opportunities: MPhil and PhD, with particular specialisms in Ethnic Relations; Gender and Feminist Thought; Social and Cultural Theory.
Contact Postgraduate Secretary Sandra Osmond
+44 (0)117 928 8217

University of Durham
Department of Politics
MA/MPhil/PhD European Political and Economic Integration
Interdisciplinary seminars include: Nationalism and Co-operation in Europe 1919-57; Debates on European Integration; State, Economy and Political Change in Eastern Europe.
Contact and Applications to:
Postgraduate Admissions Tutor
Department of Politics
University of Durham
48 Old Elvet, Durham, DH1 3LZ
Tel.: +44 (0)191 374 2811, Fax: +44 (0)191 374 7630

University of Edinburgh
Graduate School of Social and Political Sciences
MSc/Diploma Nationalism Studies
An inter-disciplinary degree designed to provide a broad and advanced approach to the study of nationality, ethnic and identity conflicts, and the recasting of international relations.
All students will take six term-length courses (or their equivalent). These consist of two compulsory courses: Contemporary Issues in Nationalism Studies I and Contemporary Issues in Nationalism Studies II.
Of the four remaining courses students may take no more than three from the following list of optional courses: the Sociology of Nationalism, the Politics of Nationalism, Scottish Government and Politics, British National Identity 1707-1885, The Problems of Frontiers, the Middle-East in International Politics, International Relations and Political Philosophy, Regional Analysis, and the Politics of Identity in South Asia. Applicants should note that not all courses will necessarily be available in any one year.
In addition, students must take at least one course in research methodology and general issues of theory and research practice in the social sciences.
Contact: Administrative Secretary
Graduate School in Social Sciences
1 Surgeons' Square
High School Yards, Edinburgh, EH1 1LZ
Tel.: +44 (0)131 650 6323, Fax: (0)131 650 2390,

University of Greenwich
School of Social Sciences
MA/Diploma Gender and Ethnic Studies (full or part-time MA).
Aims include the acquaintance of students with the different ways in which ethnic, national, race and gender phenomena have been theorised and the development of a theoretical and empirical understanding of the diverse ways in which gender and ethnic divisions are structured.
Contact: Professor Yuval Davis
+44 (0)208 331 8934
Application forms:
The Registry, University of Greenwich
Southwood Site
London, SE9 2HB.

MA/PGDip Romani Studies and Social Science.
The focus of unparalleled prejudice and discrimination, the pariah status of Romani and traveller populations presents European policy-makers with their biggest community relations challenge. This programme analyses the history behind this situation, but also examines the rich and often unacknowledged contribution of Romani culture. Looking at Britain, Europe (east and west) and further afield, it will be of interest to health, community and social workers, political activists and those working for international organisations, or with asylum-seekers and refugees. Contact Professor Thomas Acton

University of Hull
MA Democratisation, Nationalism and Ethnicity in Asia
This programme is designed to respond to growing concern with ethnic national conflict issues and processes of democratisation in the South and South-East Asian regions. Ethnic conflict is seen to be a reflection of democratisation, on the one hand, and a form of political opposition to officially constructed state nationalisms, on the other. A compulsory core module provides students with a conceptual and comparative basis for assessing the current crises of governability in the Asian region.
The optional modules normally available include: Democracy in Crisis: Themes in Indian Politics, Democracy and Semi-Democracy in South-East Asia, Political Theory of Asia, Political Theory of Multiculturalism, Introduction to Development Studies, Nationalism and Ethnicity in South Asia, Socialist Development in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, Theories of Political Violence, Central Issues in Development Studies, and Sociology of Development and Adjustment.
Overall the programme offers students a specialised, interdisciplinary approach to contemporary Asian politics which is directly relevant to international public policy making and to an understanding of international affairs. The programme is assessed by a combination of written work, examinations and a dissertation. It is available on a full-time basis only.
Contact Gurharpal Singh or Laura Summers

University of Leicester
Department of English
MA English Local History: Cultures and Nations (Full-time 1 year, part-time 2 years).
Training for research into any part of England or Wales leading to MPhil or PhD. Contact: Pauline Whitmore
Marc Fitch Historical Institute
5 Salisbury Road
Leicester LE1 7QR

Department of Sociology
MSc/PhD Social Research ('Race' and Ethnicity)
This taught programme is centred around 6 core courses that include two methodology courses, Theories in Migration and Diaspora, Woman, Gender Roles and Racism, and their research counterparts. In addition, students are invited to attend the departmental Seminar Series.
Assessment is by means of course work which varies, but can range from short essays and seminar participation to formal examination. To be awarded the MSc, students must also submit a 10,000 to 15,000 word research-based dissertation on an approved topic.
Contact Pat Mumby (+44 (0)116 252 2738) or Nick Jewson

London School of Economics
Department of Government
MSc Nationalism and Ethnicity
Its aim is to provide students with a sound intellectual understanding from an interdisciplinary perspective, including history and culture, of theories and practices of nationalism and ethnicity world wide. Students will undertake a core course, introducing them to the major approaches, and then will choose from a range of options, which address thematic issues, such as the politics of nationalism and ethnic conflict, warfare and religion, international dimensions to minority rights, or aspects of nationalism in particular areas of the world.
Course Convenor: John Breuilly
Contact: MSc coordinator Sue Sharkey
+44 (0)207 955 7908

Department of Government
A number of academics in the Department of Government specialise on issues of nationalism. The Department offers a research workshop for MPhil/PhD students specialising in Ethnicity and Nationalism.
Contact: MPhil/PhD Programme Manager Lucy Griffiths
+44 (0)20 7955 7651

Queen Mary and Westfield College
Centre for Study of Migration
MSc Migration Studies
The Master's in Migration aims to enable students to: identify the main approaches to the study of migration; equip students with a knowledge of key themes and issues in the movement of people over the past two centuries and to encourage students to develop a critical approach to theories of migration. On successfully completing the programme we would expect students to be able to: apply a range of theoretical and conceptual approaches to historical and contemporary case studies in migration; to demonstrate a critical understanding of the main theoretical approaches to the study of migration; to compare and contrast patterns of migration over time and space and to practically apply the knowledge and skills acquired during the study of migration. Full-time students will be required to take the two core courses in the autumn semester and two options in the spring semester plus the dissertation of 15,000 – 20,000 words to be handed in at the end of the summer. Part-time students will take one core course and one option in each year with the dissertation to be handed in at the end of the summer of their second year.
Contact Programme Director Dr Anne J. Kershen
+44 (0)207 882 5003.

Queen's University Belfast and Dublin City University
MA/ Diploma Cross-Border Studies
The course gives a practical and comparative understanding of borders, border regions, cross-border co-operation and governance - an expanding area of interest and activity in Ireland, the European Union and beyond. It provides analytical skills in key policy areas, to recent graduates and people working in public, private or voluntary organisations with a cross-border focus or potential focus.
It builds on DCU's successful Masters courses in International Relations and in International Relations and Intercultural Studies, and on the research record and international contacts of the Centre for International Borders Research (CIBR) at Queen's. It is supported by the two Universities' jointly-sponsored and policy-oriented Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) based on the Queen's Armagh campus and at DCU.
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Tel.: +44 (0)28 90 335544, Fax: +44 (0)28 90 683543

School of Advanced Studies, University of London
Institute of Roman Studies
MA Cultural Memory
The programme explores different ways in which culture is based on the construction, manipulation and transmission of memories, and the role of memory in collective and individual identity formation. Centered around 19th and 20th century France, Spain, Italy and Portugal, there is also coverage of English, German and Slavonic cultures.
The programme's core course is Cultural Memory: Theories and Concepts, and there are two additional options, one pertaining to public memory, the other to private memory. Assessment is in the form of two 3,500 essays per course, and a final research project of 10,000 words
Contact: Course Convenor Dr. Gill Rye
+44 (0)207 862 8677.

School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London
Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies
MA Israeli and Jewish Diaspora Studies (Full time 1 year; part time 2-3 years)
This interdisciplinary degree explores the history, culture, politics, languages and music of Israel and its relationship with the Jews of the diaspora. Evaluation is by an unseen exam in June, and by dissertation in September.
Contact Dr. Colin Shindler
+44 (0)207 898 4358

SOAS also offers a range of regionally focussed MSc degrees (ie. African, Asian, Middle Eastern and Central Asian politics)

School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London MA/PhD/MPhil
Degrees Students must choose one of the following Discipline Tracks: Contemporary Studies (Economics, Geography, International Relations, Politics); History; Nation, National-ism & Identity; Literature & Culture; or one of the following Area Tracks: Central and Eastern Europe; South-Eastern Europe; Russia and the former Soviet Union.
Some of the courses which will be offered are: Balkan Nationalism and the Ottoman Empire; Democracy and Nationalism in Central and South-Eastern Europe; East European Politics; Nation, Nationalism, Identities from the Early Modern Period to the Present: the German Case; National Minorities and Nation-States in Central and Eastern Europe; Nations, Ethnicity and Politics; Political Myths and National Stereotypes in South-Eastern Europe.

MA Nationalism and Identity
A new full-time, 12-month programme (24 month, part-time). Courses include modules on Nations, ethnicity and identity politics in Central and Eastern Europe, plus two other courses. The course requires an assessed 12,000-15,000 word dissertation due in September.
Contact: Mrs Caroline P. Newlove

University of Southampton
MA/MPhil/PhD Transnational Studies: Society, Culture, Language
This four-year postgraduate degree will provide coherent and progressive research training, with multiple exit points to suit different student needs. It aims to move beyond the current humanities model of the 1 year taught MA after which the student is plunged straight into 3 years of lone research, by providing taught modules through to the end of year 3, with year 4 devoted solely to the writing for the PhD thesis. The taught courses will provide focused training in specific areas. The postgraduate programme will require students to work across language cultures (including French, German, Spanish, Portuguese; all material will be accessible in translation where relevant) and across disciplines (the choice and number of disciplines being tailored to students' expertise and needs). We offer a kind of humanities research training that is unique as well as coherently thought out.
Contact: Jo Labanyi

University of Staffordshire
Graduate Certificate in Citizenship
Staffordshire is offering a new course in Citizenship - providing a professional development opportunity for professionals and anybody interested in or concerned with the new citizenship agenda.
The modular programme will enable you to engage in critical thinking and reflection on citizenship and enhance your knowledge of the basic ideas and practices that contribute to it, such as rights, justice, consumerism, financial literacy, environment, multiculturalism, participation, globalisation and democracy.
Contact: Amanda Dinnivan
+44 (0)178 229 4415
Staffordshire University
College Road
Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 2DE

Trinity College, Carmarthen, Wales
Department of History
MA Local History
The course concentrates upon the fostering of skills and techniques relevant to the study of local history and the application of those skills in pursuing specific studies based on South-West Wales. But the methodology can be applied to the study of other regions and localities. The practical research element will familiarise students with research strategies and resources and will encourage students to undertake their own individual original research based upon their personal interests.
Students will study the rich blend of cultural, religious, social, linguistic and economic characteristics which forged the society of South-West Wales. The individual modules on offer relate to the educational, religious, social, industrial, agricultural and political experiences in the locality since 1800.
Contact: School of History

University of Warwick
The Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER)
MA/MPhil/PhD Race and Ethnic Studies
The CRER is generally recognised as one of the UK's leading academic centres for research into issues concerning ethnic relations and migration. The range of research in CRER is substantial, covering work on citizenship and political engagement, multi-culturalism, discrimination in European labour markets, anti-racist movements, refugees and nationalism. There is also a series of projects being carried out for external users, particularly institutions in the public sector but also non-governmental organisations and European bodies such as the ILO, the Council of Europe and the European Commission.
The MA programme includes core courses in Theories of Race Relations; Colonialism and Imperialism; Race Relations; Research Methods; and Ethnicity and the Global Order. There are optional courses in Immigration Law, Gender, Equal Opportunities, Social Policy, Education, Employment, Identity and Politics.
There is also a PhD programme on racial studies.
Contact: CRER
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL
+44 (0)247 652 4869

University of Wales (Aberystwyth)
MPhil/PhD Political Science
Research interests of the department: comparative politics; political behaviour and aspects of political culture with special reference to cultural and territorial minorities; modern political ideologies; nationalism, especially Welsh and Scottish.
Contact: Department of International Politics

Universities in Other Countries

University of Dublin
MPhil Ethnic and Racial Studies
This is a 12-month postgraduate course consisting of two core courses, seven one-term courses and a 15,000-20,000 word dissertation. The course, which offers specialist theoretical training in issues relating to ethnicity, is situated in Ireland, which has recently turned from emigration to an immigration destination, and where ethnic conflict has been waged for the past 30 years. Ideal applicants should have a good social sciences first degree.
Contact: Course Co-ordinator Dr Ronit Lentin
Department of Sociology
Trinity College
Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 608 2766

Trinity College, University of Dublin
Department of Sociology
MPhil Ethnic and Racial Studies
A postgraduate course offering theoretical and practical training in issues relating to 'race' and ethnicity in European and global contexts. This 12-month programme consists of two full-year core courses, in theory and methodology, and seven one-term courses: Language, ethnicity and expressive culture; migration and population movement; culture, colonialism and 'Irishness'; gender and ethnicity; reading 'race'; managing cultural diversity: language and society in Ireland; international issues and human rights. Applicants should hold a good first degree in the social sciences.
Contact: Course Co-ordinator Dr Ronit Lentin
Department of Sociology
Trinity College
Dublin 2, Ireland
+353 1 608 2766
For applications forms:
Graduate Admissions Office
Trinity College
Dublin 2, Ireland


Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Philosophy Department
A new postdoctoral fellowship program in "Democracy and Diversity" has been established at Queen's University, funded in part by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. The program will run from 2005-2008. Each year, one non-renewable 12-month fellowship will be awarded, working under the supervision of Prof. Will Kymlicka.
The fellowship is part of a larger nexus of activities at Queen's relating to the normative and empirical study of democracy and diversity, including the Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy; the Research Group on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship; the Fulbright Visiting Professorship in Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multicultural Citizenship; the Centre for the Study of Democracy; and the Institute of Intergovernmental Relations - all of which have active programs of workshops, conferences and visiting scholars and speakers. The Fellow would be expected to participate in these various activities as appropriate, including presentation of his or her research findings, and to assist Prof. Kymlicka in the Forum's activities. The Fellow would also be expected to do some teaching (two half-courses).

While "Democracy and Diversity" is to be understood expansively, and there are no pre-determined limits on the topics it may cover, Queen's has a special expertise in issues of ethnocultural diversity. Recent and ongoing activities have covered such topics as immigration and citizenship, multiculturalism and multicultural education, indigenous rights, affirmative action, historic injustice, nationalism and secession, language rights, and transnational democracy. Applicants who combine normative analysis with empirical case studies are particularly welcome.

For application details, check

University of Toronto, Canada
Graduate Collaborative Programme in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies
The graduate collaborative programme offers students the opportunity to take courses outside of their department or faculty as they work towards an interdisciplinary specialization at either the Master's or the Doctoral level. Upon successfully completing programme requirements, in addition to the Master's or Doctorate in their area, students receive a specialization noted on their transcripts as "Completed Collaborative Programme in Ethnic and Pluralism Studies." Courses are contributed by faculty specialists from Anthropology, Economics, Geography, History, Industrial Relations, Law, Nursing, Political Science, Religion, Social Work, and Sociology. Each provides a distinctive perspective and knowledge-base for the study of topics such as ethnic and race relations, international migration and immigration, cultural and linguistic communities, inter-group dynamics, nationalist movements, aboriginal affairs, and human rights.
The programme also features a basic interdisciplinary seminar on "Ethnic Relations Theory, Research, and Policy." This wide range of programme opportunities makes it valuable for students planning careers in academic research and teaching, policy research, and professional practice and administration. Students may also take advantage of special lectures, conferences, and workshops sponsored by the Robert F. Harney Professorship and Programme in Ethnic, Immigration and Pluralism Studies.
These events bring eminent researchers and practitioners from around the world to enhance the research community at the University of Toronto, and to further broaden the foundation for professional development.
R.F. Harney Graduate Research Grants are also available.
Contact +1 416 978 4783

Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
MA Nationalism Studies
PhD specialization in Nationalism Studies

The Nationalism Studies Program was established at Central European University by the late Ernst Gellner with the goal of promoting the study of nationalism in the post-communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The aim of the program is to engage students in an empirical and theoretical study of issues of nationalism, self-determination, problems of state-formation, ethnic conflict, minority protection and the related theme of globalization. Drawing upon the uniquely supranational milieu of Central European University, it encourages a critical and non-sectarian study of nationalism.


Students are encouraged to engage in an interdisciplinary study of nationalism, a subject that is inherently and fundamentally interdisciplinary. For this reason, the international teaching staff has been assembled to represent a wide range of disciplinary expertise relevant to the study of nationalism including history, social theory, economics, legal studies, sociology, anthropology, international relations and political science. The program offers a wide selection of courses that provide a complex theoretical grounding in problems associated with nationhood and nationalism combined with advanced training in the methodology of applied social science. Additional courses focus on placing problems of nationalism in the context of economic and political transition as well as constitution building in post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe with a comparative outlook on regime transitions outside the region.

Contact: Nationalities Studies Program
Nador u. 9.1051
Budapest, Hungary
Tel: +361 327-3000, Fax: +361 235-6102

University College Utrecht, The Netherlands
MSc Comparative Studies of Migration, Ethnic Relations and Multiculturalism
The program aims at analysing the different phases and aspects of migration flows and of the integration of ethnic minorities in European countries. Courses first explore the factors leading to migration, the characteristics of different migrant groups, and continue with a comparative analysis of migration policies of European countries. The next step is the study of group identification processes among both immigrant and host populations, and of the dynamics of prejudice, racism and nationalism. The typical features of migrant families and their culture are also examined. Subsequently, courses analyse patterns of individual and collective mobility of immigrants, and the dynamics of their acculturation and integration. The last step is the analysis of the nature and consequences of ethnic/national heterogeneity of national states. All courses will be taught in English.
Contact: Faculty of Social Science
University of Utrecht
Heidelberglaan 2, 3508 TC
Utrecht, The Netherlands
+31 30 253 4166

University of Delhi, India
Imperialism and Nationalism (Postgraduate course)
Theories of imperialism and nationalism with the use of case studies. Course deals with these phenomena as historical movements in varied aspects, covering both colonial and metropolitan areas. A correspondence course is possible.
Contact: School of Correspondence & Continuing Education
University of Delhi
Cavalry Lane
Delhi 110 007, India
+91 11 7667725

Ljubljana University, Slovenia
Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts
Sociology of Nation & Nationalism
The course studies the main and competing theoretical strategies in the field and examines typical cases.
+386 1 5808 1000

last updated on 15 March 2005