Learning Outcomes And Key Skills

Learning outcomes

Students are expected to obtain a critical understanding of the ways in which the related phenomena of nationalism and ethnicity have been historically constructed in Europe and globally since the eighteenth century, and to be able to question their taken-for-granted status in the modern world. They should be able to:

  • deconstruct the notion of ethnicity;
  • appreciate the comparatively late historical construction of nationalism;
  • analyse the social and economic conditions that give rise to both ethnic and nationalist sentiments;
  • understand the ways in which ethnicity and nationalism have become ‘naturalized’ in the contemporary world;
  • consider the ways in which ethnicity and nationalism are being transformed as a result of migration and globalization;
  • articulate the above in written form (essays and examination answers) and orally in seminar discussions.

Key Skills

Among the key skills that students will acquire in the course of fulfilling the requirements of this module and which they will be encouraged to develop are:

  • Communication, with specific reference the clear and coherent organization of information, the ability to respond to written sources, and the oral presentation of information in seminars. (Level 4).
  • Information technology, with specific reference to the use of on-line bibliographical material and source material supplied through the Templeman Library.
  • Improving learning and performance, through detailed comments given on written work and oral contributions.
  • Working with others, with specific reference to gaining an ability to enter into discussion and debate in seminars.
  • Problem solving, with specific reference to the ability to think through the consequences of taken-for-granted assumptions about the social world and to arrive at an independent critique of those assumptions.
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