Ethnic Nationalism and the Modern World

Subject 121-210 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually 50 points of first year subjects.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

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Prof Andrew Dawson
Subject Overview:

Ethnicity and nationalism are of special concern to anthropologists, especially in instances where anthropology becomes part of nationalist discourse. This subject considers ethnicity and nationalism through the in-depth analysis of a case study from the developing world, but draws on comparative material from Africa, the Americas, Asia, Australia, Europe and the Pacific. Students will examine different theoretical approaches to ethnicity, nationalism and ethnic nationalism in particular; the relationships between the formation of nation states and processes of 'development', 'transition' and 'underdevelopment'; the roles of actors, from political actors to ordinary people, in the construction of national projects; the relationships between historic and contemporary processes in the construction of national projects; how national projects are constructed, enforced and culturally maintained; the relationships between globalisation, migration, transnationalism and ethnic nationalism in the modern world.

Assessment: A 2000 word essay 50% (due mid-semester), and a 2000 word essay 50% (due at the end of semester).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspective (T H Eriksen), Pluto Press 1993
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have experience in critical thinking and analysis;

  • be able to think in theoretical terms;

  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically;

  • understand the significance of social, cultural, political and economic context.


Formerly available as 121-057 and 121-457 Ethnic Nationalism and the Modern World. Students who have completed 121-057 or 121-457 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Arts (Anthropology)
Diploma in Arts (Sociology)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Anthropology and Development)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Development Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Anthropology and Development)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Anthropology and Social Theory)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Development Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

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