Academics

The program provides an opportunity to earn three hours of graded credit.

Political Science 276H: Nationalism, Immigration and the Politics of Identity (3 Credits)

Approach: Philosophical & Moral Reasoning (PH)
Connection: North Atlantic World (NA)

This course is about boundaries, with its aim to understand the interplay between national identity and immigration in the Western democracies, with a focus on England and Scotland. While nationalism is viewed by many as a natural part of the world, it is in fact a modern phenomenon. This course will begin with theoretical understandings of nationalism and immigration in the West. It will then move in a more concrete and political way to the dominant challenges to national identity in Britain. The first challenge is immigration. Can immigrants be integrated into the nation-state? Must they assimilate to integrate? Why does immigration provoke some of the current citizens to hold onto more tightly to their vision of national identity?

The second challenge is the quest for smaller nations to have their own nation-state. Can a smaller nation be integrated or incorporated in a state with another, larger nation? How does the national identity of the larger nation provoke some of the citizens of the smaller nation to want to secede? Why do some citizens of the smaller nation oppose secession?

As the course progress, we will move from the theoretical to the more specific, as we examine our case studies of British nationality, immigration in Britain, Brexit and populism and Scottish nationalism.