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School of Social and Political Science: Graduate school


Structure and Courses

The programme comprises six courses and a dissertation, and is available both on a full-time and a part-time basis.

Semester 1 Semester 2

Theories and Theorists in Nationalism Studies

Comparative Perspectives in Nationalism Studies

Optional choice Optional choice
Optional choice Optional choice

The first aims to give you a firm grounding in the key theoretical concepts and debates, and familiarity with leading figures in the field.  The second provokes you to think about how to research nationalism, and presents a diverse range of actual cases/topics, as researched by members of our staff.  It is designed to help you explore topics and approaches for your dissertation.

Optional Courses

Please consult the degree programme table (DPT) of the programme for an overview of available optional courses. Note that the records will be updated by the end of August for each academic year. Some courses might not run some years due to staff availability.


The dissertation offers you the chance to chose and explore a topic in-depth, working with the guidance of an academic supervisor.  It is an ideal chance to get to grips with an issue that fascinates you, and excellent preparation for further graduate level study.

Previous dissertation topics have included:

  • The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and its Legacy in Disproportionate Water Allocation Practices
  • ‘Wer ist das Volk?’ Investigating the post-reunification boundaries of German nationhood in former East Germany
  • If you get the joke, are you a citizen? Revisiting Karl Deutsch’s ethnic complementarity by analysing cabaret in Austria.
  • Colonial Governance, Immigrant Groups and Indigenous Nationalism in Post-Colonial States: A Comparative Analysis of Indigenous Nationalism in Malaysia and Fiji
  • When the tail wags the dog: Bottom-up Nationalism and the West German student movement
  • Contemporary Russian Resource Nationalism and EU-Russian Relations During the 2014 Crimean Conflict
  • Reclaiming Englishness? Framing Post-Devolution England and the rise of UKIP in 2015
  • More than just tea makers? Raising the voices of the women within Protestant Northern Ireland
  • Media Representations and the Rise of Golden Dawn in Greece
  • The Dark Side of Cultural Relativism: Racism, Nationalism, and the 'Right to Difference'
  • Imagining National Identity: Understanding the Construction of Scottish National Identity
  • Multiculturalism mirror: whiteness in Canadian multicultural identity
  • Story of a conflict: the impact of the education system on post-conflict ethnic identities in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rwanda
  • A flag for Canada?
  • National and supranational identity in the European Union
  • Selling the nation: Rastafari identity and Jamaican nationalism
  • Japan's nationalism after 1989
  • The contribution of civil society to peace in Northern Ireland
  • Is this my nation? Post-conflict nation-building and collective reconciliation in Rwanda and South Africa
  • Speaking freely: a linguistic analysis of the Kurds in Turkey and Iraq
  • The construction of a civic national identity in Kosovo
  • Behind the ideology of the welfare state: national identity and immigration in Denmark
  • One hundred and fifty years of Italian unification: to what extent can we call Italy a unified nation?
  • Speaking for the nation: an analysis of the linguistic policies carried out in Catalonia and Flanders
  • China: an imagined online community and a closed regime
  • Consequences of total defeat: national identities in post-war Germany
  • Nationalism and the State: the case of Kyrgyz-Uzbek inter-ethnic relations
  • Anti-South Korea Sentiment on the Chinese Internet
  • 'Contesting the Nation': A Case Study of Maltese Nationalism
  • A Pleasant Nationalism: Social Democracy in Swedish National Identity
  • Language, Citizenship and Identity: Comparing Quebec and Hong Kong
  • The Invention of Samba and National Identity in Brazil
  • Social Memory and Collective Trauma Theories: the case of Post-Soviet Georgian Nationalism
  • Nationalism and schooling in the Japanese Empire, 1890-1945
  • The tranquil and the troubled: the emergence and development of Icelandic and Irish Nationalism 
  • Carrying the Banner: The Impact of Migration on Irish Identity
  • Catching God's Coattail. Comparing Bismarck's and Kohl's Nationalism
  • The New Social Contract: Ernest Gellner and the Defence of Western Society
  • National Identity in the US Borderlands How American are Mexican Americans?
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