Document Type

Graduate Syllabus


Spring 2016



Course Number

DIPL 6001

Course Description

In this course, we will explore some of the most important scholarly studies that attempt to understand and explain national identities, ethnic communities and conflicts arising from such differences. During the semester we will examine a variety of theories concerning the emergence of nations, nation-states, nationhood and nationalism. We will link different historical and conceptual issues with contemporary events through multiple case studies on Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Ukraine and Russia. These case studies of several contemporary situations where issues of ethnicity and ‘nation’ present significant challenges. We will also investigate factors that contributed to the recent revival of ethnic, religious, and linguistic attachments, including globalization. Our objective is to recognize and explain contemporary issues in culturally plural societies and to demonstrate the extent to which ethnicity and nationalism continue to play a pivotal role in shaping the existing international system.