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Nationalism, self-determination and secession

Free statement of participation on completion

What makes a 'nation' and what makes peoples strive for nationhood? This free course, Nationalism, self-determination and secession, will provide you with an introduction to studying political ideas by looking at how people who see themselves as nations challenge the existing order to assert their right to a state of their own.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • grasp the concepts of nation, nationalism and self-determination
  • have a better understanding of the role they play in current political disputes
  • think about the problem of how to take democratic decisions about secession
  • relate political theory to political practice more rigorously
  • take a more informed and active part in debates about national and international politics.

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