International Studies | Nations, States & Boundaries
I206 | 17313 | Grau, M.
As an introduction to the Nations, States and Boundaries
concentration in International Studies, I206 provides a framework
for students as they pursue further coursework in the major. The
course will provide a theoretical understanding of the concepts of
nationalism, identity and boundary definition. Particular emphasis
will be placed on dynamic interactions between ethnicity and
individual and national identities. Among the topics to be covered
are the effects of colonialism, transnationalism and globalization
on the contemporary configuration of group identities and national
boundaries; symbolic manifestations of ethnic identities; how
minorities, refugees, migrants and ethnic others negotiate their
place within a globalized world; and the challenges that face modern
nations and stateless people.