457%20Syllabus - Prof Genevive Zubrzycki Department of...

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Prof. Geneviève Zubrzycki Winter 2008 Department of Sociology M-W 10-11:30 University of Michigan LSA 3254 [email protected] Course website on CTOOLS Office Hours: Mondays 12-2 LSA 4112 SOC. 457: SOCIOLOGY OF NATIONALISM Description: Nationalism has been one of the moving forces of the 19 th and 20 th centuries. In view of increasing global exchanges and the restructuring of political, economic and cultural life along supranational lines, some observers have been inclined to predict the “end of nationalism.” The last decade has instead witnessed increased nationalist activity throughout the world. This course will introduce students to the main theories of nationalism and to approaches to national identity. We will investigate the nature of nations and nationalism and the social processes behind their emergence, as well as the causes of nationalist movements and conflicts. In the first part of the course, we will examine key concepts and the main paradigms in the field. The second part of the course will be devoted to the close examination of thematical issues based on empirical cases. Objectives: Through a mix of lectures, class discussion, reading assignments and occasional films, students will learn to: 1. Identify, differentiate and compare arguments and theories of national identity and nationalism; 2. Relate theoretical approaches to specific empirical cases today, understand changes through history, and critically assess these theories’ strengths and weaknesses in explaining empirical cases; 3. Critically evaluate, through the study of empirical cases, our own assumptions about nationalism, and how these relate to the society we live in. Course Requirements and Evaluation Methods: Students’ grade will be based on a mid-term in- class exam (30%), 4 short quizzes (20%), 2 “current events mini-reports” (10%) and a final cumulative in-class exam (40%). Two review sessions, one before the mid-term, the other before the final, are planned to help you catch up with the materials and ask questions related to topics covered in readings and lectures. Exams: The exams will have two parts: short conceptual questions and identifications, and an essay. The final exam will be cumulative and is scheduled for April 14 (in-class). Attendance and participation : Class attendance is required. Class participation consists in interventions that help building a thoughtful conversation, raise questions or concerns, and leads to the respectful exchange of views. I also strongly encourage you to come to my office hours to discuss reading assignments and to review your papers and exams.
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