Nationalism and National Feeling: the Sociological and Social-psychological Approach

Term: 
Fall
Credits: 
4.0
Status: 
Core
Course Description: 

The course will concentrate on the most influential sociological and social-psychological theories of nationalism, national, ethnic, supranational and transnational identity, national feeling, majority-minority relations and ethnic conflicts. After a general introduction, the lectures will deal with sociological and socio-psychological theories on different patterns of identities, with the theoretical interpretations of group relations, like assimilation, dissimilation, and, finally, with the sociology and social-psychology of attitudes, stereotyping, prejudice. Special attention will be given to the methods of empirical sociological investigation of the subject.

Learning Outcomes: 

The course will concentrate on the most influential sociological and social-psychological theories of nationalism, national, ethnic, supranational and transnational identity, national feeling, majority-minority relations and ethnic conflicts. After a general introduction, the lectures will deal with sociological and socio-psychological theories on different patterns of identities, with the theoretical interpretations of group relations, like assimilation, dissimilation, and, finally, with the sociology and social-psychology of attitudes, stereotyping, prejudice. Special attention will be given to the methods of empirical sociological investigation of the subject.

Assessment: 

Students registered for this course are expected to attend class regularly, read the assigned readings every week and participate in class discussions. All students are expected to present at least two texts as introduction to the discussion on the given subject. The presentations should be summarized on a handout, 1-2 pages in length. The summaries should incorporate critical reactions to the readings and can also include issues that were raised in prior classes and readings. These comments are intended to help students clarify their own thinking and to raise issues that help to structure the class discussion. The handouts should be submitted by email by 10 am two days before the corresponding class.

The participants of the course will also be required to prepare a final paper or a Student Research Project (ca. 10 typewritten double spaced pages) on a subject connected to the topics discussed in the course. The literature for the final paper should be based on the common readings and on individual research.

 

Course evaluation

 

Class participation and activity: 20%

In-class presentation:                 30%

Final paper:                                50%