SOC40620 Nationalism and Social Change

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module aims to explore the key theoretical approaches in the study of nations and nationalism. The focus is on understanding the sociological foundations of the large scale historical changes that have shaped the world over the last 250 years. The module provides a thematic survey of these long term historical developments with a spotlight on the relationships between nations, nationalism, modernity and social change. More specifically the module addresses the cultural, political, economic, and social aspects of nation formation in Europe and other continents. The module aims to examine major research traditions in the study of nations and nationalism, and to relate these approaches to other key themes in sociology.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module the students are expected to be able to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the main sociological approaches in the study of nations and nationalism, evaluate the role modernity has played in the formation of nations and nationalisms and appraise the general relationships between nations, nationalism and social change in the broader historical and geographical contexts.

Indicative Module Content:

How old are nations?
Imagining the (post-colonial) nations
Fighting for the nation
Gendering the nation
Forging the nation
Inventing the nation
The people
The intellectuals
The Future of nationalism and cosmopolitanism

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a two hour seminar based module that involves group based discussion and debate. The module coordinator introduces the topic and then the students with the help of the coordinator discuss the assigned key readings.

Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Continuous Assessment: The students are required to submit the weekly reading summaries and to actively participate in the class discussions and debate. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Essay: 3000 words end of semester essay. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback will be provided on assessed coursework as individual comments during office hours.

Name Role
Professor Sinisa Malesevic Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Iarfhlaith Watson Lecturer / Co-Lecturer