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Code POLS 271
Term 201002
Title Nations and Nationalism
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Political Science(POLS)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 6.00 / 6.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Instructor(s) Ayhan Mehmet Akman,
Detailed Syllabus
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Undergraduate
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(only for SU students)
SPS102 SPS101
Mode of Delivery Interactive lecture
Planned Learning Activities Discussion based learning

The aim of this course is to interrogate some of the most recent and important theorizing on nationalism and see to what extent they make sense in various empirical contexts . The emphasis of the course will be on theorizing nationalism rather than producing quasi-naturalistic explanations of its emergence, success or failure. In addition to reviewing the major theoretical accounts of nations and nationalism, the course will also discuss a multiplicity of empirical cases from Eastern Europe, Middle East, ex-Soviet Union territories and China.


To teach about the different concepts and theories related to nationalism. To review certain case studies (such as Turkish and Greek nationalisms) to illustrate the various theories.

Learning Outcome

Students who will finish this course will know the various theories of nationalism; including the entho-symbolist and modernist schools. They will know the difference between ethnic, civic and modernist forms of nationalism. They will be familiar with the concepts of self-determination, imagined community, lateral and vertical ethnies.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Understand the world, their country, their society, as well as themselves and have awareness of ethical problems, social rights, values and responsibility to the self and to others. 5
2 Understand different disciplines from natural and social sciences to mathematics and art, and develop interdisciplinary approaches in thinking and practice. 4
3 Think critically, follow innovations and developments in science and technology, demonstrate personal and organizational entrepreneurship and engage in life-long learning in various subjects. 2
4 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 4
5 Take individual and team responsibility, function effectively and respectively as an individual and a member or a leader of a team. 4
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 4
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 5
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Exam 40
Assignment 20
Term-Paper 40