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Frederick M. Lorenz
SIS 498
Seattle Campus

Readings in International Studies

Reading and discussion of selected works of major importance in interdisciplinary international studies. Restricted to majors in International Studies.

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Nationalism and Emerging States: The Road to Independence and International Recognition in the 21st Century

The SIS 498 Readings in International Studies seminars are designed to explore an integrated scholarly literature on a particular topic. This conversation is marked by broad areas of agreement and by sharp disagreements. The theme of this course will be the role of nationalism and how it can lead (or fail to lead) to national independence and recognition by the international community. Many conversations, or literatures, in academia are discipline-based. But International Studies is interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, so the conversation often ranges across many boundaries. In the case of this course, the literature cuts across history, geography, sociology, political science, and international law. This course will look at four case studies of national independence movements, some have been “successful” and others are pending and have major obstacles to success. Case studies tentatively include Kosovo, Somaliland, Nagorno Karabakh and South Sudan, and a complete syllabus with required readings will be ready by March 22. The instructor has worked in three of the four national entities and will bring his personal experience to class to help connect and analyze the basic theme of the class.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by James W Donnen
Date: 03/17/2012