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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedNot offered in 2011
Coordinator(s)Dr Kate Murphy


Previously coded HYM5640


Through a review of the major events in the world after 1900, this unit examines the development of a growing tension between ideas of nationalism and globalism in the twentieth century. It provides a solid historical and theoretical background to the current debates over the legitimacy and inviolability of national boundaries and the effects of globalisation on sovereignty and cultures. The unit interrogates the central question of what is a nation? through a range of theoretical perspectives and in the context of the conflicts and international concerns of the last 100 years.


By the completion of this unit, students will have:

  1. A comprehensive understanding of the background to debates about the legitimacy of modern national boundaries and the effects of globalisation upon them.
  2. The ability to contextualise and analyse current trends towards national secession and fragmentation in the world.
  3. An understanding of the application of postcolonial and similar theory to views of the nation and both formal and informal empires.
  4. High level skills in the use of web-based research and study material.
  5. Excellent electronic collaboration and presentation skills.
  6. At level 5, students will also have acquired a greater degree of analytical skills and a greater understanding of key conceptual and methodological issues.


Reflective on-line journal and contributions to on-line discussions (3000 words): 30%; Two on-line presentations (2000 words): 30%; Final essay (4000 words): 40%.