School: Social Sciences
Academic Unit: Social Anthropology and History
Level of studies: Postgraduate
Course code: SHA-6 Semester: 2st
Course Title: Nationalism and the nation state in historical perspective
Independent teaching activities Weekly teaching hours Credits
3 10
Course type: General background
Prerequisite courses: None
Language of instruction and examinations: Greek
Is the course offered to erasmus students: Yes (tutorials in English)
Course website (Url):


    Learning outcomes: The course offers a systematic discussion of theoretical issues involved in the study of nationalism and the nation-state. Students are required to read theoretical texts, case studies and primary material, to present and discuss them in class. The combination of reading both theoretical texts and specific case studies offer to students a wide perspective and the proper intellectual and cognitive skills to consider nationalism in the proper historical context.

    General Competences: 
    Working independently,
    Working in an interdisciplinary environment,
    Production of new and innovative ideas, free, critical and creative thinking,
    Solid theoretical ground,
    Respect for cultural and social differences and endorsing tolerance.

    (3) SYLLABUS

    The course aims to examine nationalism and the nation-state in historical perspective and within the general framework of western modernity. Although the origin of nationalism and the nation-state can be traced back to the 18th century and the French revolution it is still a powerful force to this day. Under this light, the course offers a broad historical perspective stretching from the 18th century to the post Second World War period. The course is divided into three parts. Part one provides the necessary theoretical background and presents the key issues in the theoretical discussions in the last thirty years. Part two offers a critical presentation of the major criteria which historically made possible the conceptualization of national identities (language, religion, race, culture etc). This discussion is based on comparative historical perspective and draws mostly on examples from European and Balkan history. The relation between the making of nations and governmentality is the subject of the third part of the course. Here, issues like the politics of nationality and civil rights, the gender aspects of national belonging, the demographic and statistical issues in nation building, as well issues of sexuality, family planning and social health are all discussed comparatively and historically.


    Delivery: Face-to face
    Use of information and communications technology : Teaching and following this course requires constant use of the electronic page in eclass platform provided by the University of the Aegean. Communication with students with emails or messages on the eclass page.
    Teaching methods:  Activity Semester workload
    Seminars 40
    Total individual workload for following the course on weekly basis 120
    Presentations in the class 10
    Essay writing 50
    Preparation for Midterm exams 30
    Course total: 250
    Student performance evaluation: Presentations in the class and participation in discussions
    Midterm exams
    Final essay


    Suggested bibliography:

    Students have access to
    where they find an extensive bibliography and source material and are guided for their reading on a weekly basis