The Ideology and Political Movement of Nationalism

Course Information
TitleΕθνικισμός: Ιδεολογίες και Πρακτικές / The Ideology and Political Movement of Nationalism
FacultyEconomic and Political Sciences
SchoolPolitical Sciences
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorGeorgios Chatzichristos
Course ID100001011

Programme of Study: UPS School of Political Sciences (2014-today)

Registered students: 46
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreElective CoursesWinter-4

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
With the completion of the course students will acquire a basic knowledge of the classic and most important theories of nation and nationalism and they will cultivate critical thinking. They will also acquire a sufficient degree of comprehension of the ideologies of nationalism and capability to recognize them on a practical level and in the realm of politics with specific case studies; will be familiarized with the most fundamental concepts of the ideology of nationalism and with concepts that have shaped contemporary history, not just in the world but also in our region and country. With this course the students will acquire reading and writing skills, as well as correct usage and transfer of complex concepts and ideas in a clear and concise way both orally and in writing.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The course “Nationalism: Ideologies and Practices” examines the fundamental approaches to the concepts of nation and nationalism, including the comparative study of those terms and their development in different geographical areas and times. The focus is, on the one hand, on the issue of the development of the national sentiment, that is what leads people to feel and believe they belong to a nation, and on the other hand, the issue of history of the concept of the nation. The course also examines specific contemporary and recent historical examples regarding the practical results of the ideologies of nationalism, among which WWI, the civil war in Yugoslavia, and the Great Idea. A crucial example in the examination of the ideology of nationalism is the recent Prespes Agreement, which can be seen as a contemporary example of (re)construction of national identities. To better understand nationalism, in the context of an introductory course, important concepts and parameters of nationalism are examined, like language or the relationship of nationalism with the past and historical memory. The course explores theories of the ideology of nationalism, including primordialism, perennialism, postcolonialist approach, as well as the perspective of those who remain critical toward the nationalist dogma, and also includes more modern versions of nationalism, such as neo-nationalism, native nationalism or black nationalism, and of course, its relationship with the state.
Nationalism, ideology, movements, Balkans
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Course Organization
Reading Assigment351.3
Written assigments200.7
Student Assessment
Written exams, + 20% of additional bonus based on oral presentation of a relevant subject in class (the additional bonus can be added to the final mark only if students exceed the threshold of '5' in the written exams). During the final written exams students will be asked to answer two out of three questions.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Gellner, Ernest, Έθνη και Εθνικισμός, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια 1992. Kedourie, Elie, Ο Εθνικισμός, μτφ. Σπύρος Μαρκέτος, επιμ. Παντελής Λέκκας, Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης 2017.
Additional bibliography for study
Άντερσον, Μπενεντίκτ, Φαντασιακές Κοινότητες. Στοχασμοί για τις Απαρχές και τη Διάδοση του Εθνικισμού, Αθήνα: Νεφέλη 1997. Anderson, Perry και Κιτσίκης, Δημήτρης, Διεθνισμός και Εθνικισμός. Μία Εισαγωγή, Αθήνα: Έξοδος 2019. Βλάχος, Δημήτρης, Ορίζοντας το Έθνος στα Βαλκάνια. Η Γλώσσα ως Κριτήριο Εθνικού Προσδιορισμού Σέρβων και Κροατών στο Πρώτο Μισό του 19ου αιώνα, Θεσσαλονίκη: Ρώμη 2016. Gellner, Ernest, Εθνικισμός. Πολιτισμός, Πίστη και Εξουσία, Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια 2002. Hobsbawn, E.J., Έθνη και Εθνικισμός από το 1780 μέχρι Σήμερα. Προγραμμα, Μύθος, Πραγματικότητα, Αθήνα: Καρδαμίτσα 1994. Kedourie, Elie, Μειονότητες, Θρησκεία και Πολιτική. Δύο Δοκίμια, μτφ. Παντελής Λέκκας, Αθήνα: Κατάρτι 2002. Λιάκος, Αντώνης, Πώς Στοχάστηκαν το Έθνος Αυτοί πού Ήθελαν να Αλλάξουν τον Κόσμο;, Αθήνα: Πόλις 2005. Renan, Ernest, Τι Είναι Έθνος. Προσεχή πάνω στην Ακρόπολη, μτφ. Γιάννης Λάμψας, Αθήνα: Ροές 2009. Παπαδημητρίου, Δέσποινα, Από τον Λαό των Νομιμοφρόνων στο Έθνος των Εθνικοφρόνων. Η Συντηρητική Σκέψη στην Ελλάδα 1922-1967, Σαββάλας, Αθήνα 2009. Hamilakis, Yannis, Το Έθνος και τα Ερείπιά του. Αρχαιότητα, Αρχαιολογία και Εθνικό Φαντασιακό στην Ελλάδα, μτφ. Νεκτάριος Καλαϊτζής, Εκδόσεις του Εικοστού Πρώτου, Αθήνα 2012 Brubaker, Rogers. Nationalism Reframed. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1996. Γουργουρής, Στάθης, Έθνος - Όνειρο. Διαφωτισμός και Θέσμιση της Σύγχρονης Ελλάδας, Αθήνα: Κριτική 2007. Chatterjee, Partha. Nationalist Thought and the Colonial World. London, UK: Zed Books for the United Nations University, 1986. Dieckhoff, Alain και Jaffrelot, Christophe, Revisiting Nationalism. Theories and Processes, Νέα Υόρκη: Palgrave Macmillan 2005. Λέκκας, Παντελής, Το Παιχνίδι με τον Χρόνο. Εθνικισμός και Νεωτερικότητα, Αθήνα: Παπαζήση 2011. Harman, Chris, Μαρξισμός και Εθνικισμός, μτφ. Νίκος Λούντας και Πέτρος Τσαγκάρης, Αθήνα: Μαρξιστικό Βιβλιοπωλείο 2018. Bakounine, Michail, Από τον Εθνικό Πόλεμο στον Ταξικό Πόλεμο, μτφ. Σπύρος Κοτρώτσιος, Αθήνα: Ελεύθερος Τύπος 2000.
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