SOC291 Sociology of Nationalism

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. et Mgr. Gábor Oláh, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Csaba Szaló, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Wed 18. 9. 16:00–17:40 U34, Wed 25. 9. 16:00–17:40 U34, Wed 9. 10. 16:00–17:40 U34, Wed 16. 10. 16:00–17:40 U34, Wed 23. 10. 16:00–17:40 U34, Wed 30. 10. 16:00–17:40 U34, Wed 13. 11. 16:00–17:40 U34, Wed 20. 11. 16:00–17:40 U34, Wed 27. 11. 16:00–17:40 U34, Wed 11. 12. 16:00–17:40 U34
! NOW ( SOCb2591 Sociology of Nationalism ) && ! SOCb2591 Sociology of Nationalism
Forms of nationalism, xenophobia, ethnocentrism are still a strong force of action. Contemporary politics and public space is filled with nationalistic emotions. The course examines main contemporary theories of nationalism, analyzes key concepts and debates everyday practices of nationalism. First the course gives and overview of the main theoretical and analytical concepts (classical and contemporary) in the study of nationalism, explores the key concepts such as nation, ethnicity, identity. The second part focuses on the reproduction of nationalism in societies, how the nation reacts to actual events, what symbolic universe is used and how it is performed in politics and everyday life.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 18 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 3/18, only registered: 0/18, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/18
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Course objectives
The aim of the course is to give an overview of theories and concepts of the study of nationalism. To discuss how nationalism appears in various discourses, politics, sports and everyday life.
Learning outcomes
By the end of the course the students should be able:
- to define and discuss nationalism
- review and analyze its historical evolution
- identify forms its forms in politics, public space
- apply critical view on these recent processes
  • 1. class: Introduction to the course. Definition of nationalism, why nationalism matters
  • 2. class: Theoretical overview 1.
  • 3. class: Theoretical overview 2.
  • 4. class: Modernist Approaches
  • 5. class: Primordialism and ethnocentrism
  • 6. class: Symbolic universe of nationalism
  • 7. class: Reading week - no class
  • 8. class: Everyday forms of nationalism
  • 9. class: Performative nationalism
  • 10. class: Recent processes and nationalism
  • 11. class: Memory and nationalism
  • 12-13. class: Student presentations
    required literature
  • SMITH, Anthony D. Nationalism : theory, ideology, history. 2nd ed., rev. and updated. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2010. viii, 209. ISBN 9780745651286. info
    recommended literature
  • The cultural politics of nationalism and nation-building : ritual and performance in the forging of nations. Edited by Rachel Tsang. Milton Park, Abingdon Oxon: Routledge, 2014. xi, 201. ISBN 9780415870658. info
  • ANDERSON, Benedict R. O'G. Imagined communities : reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism. Rev. ed. New York: Verso, 2006. xv, 240. ISBN 1844670864. info
  • BRUBAKER, Rogers. Nationalist politics and everyday ethnicity in a Transylvanian town. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006. xx, 439. ISBN 9780691136226. info
  • BRUBAKER, Rogers. Ethnicity without groups. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2004. x, 283. ISBN 0674022319. info
Teaching methods
The course is based on lectures, class discussions and student presentations. Students read texts and prepare for the class discussion.
Assessment methods
Particular activities of students will be evaluated as follows:
25% - reading, discussion papers and class participation
25% - presentation
50 % - academic paper
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2018.
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