Syllabus for Problems of Nationalism. Contemporary and Historical Perspectives in Russia and Eurasia

Nationalismens problematik. Samtida och historiska perspektiv i Ryssland och Eurasien


  • 15 credits
  • Course code: 2EU005
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Eurasian Studies A1N

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (G), Pass with distinction (VG)
  • Established: 2020-02-27
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2021-02-25
  • Revised by: The Department Board
  • Applies from: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements:

    A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university, including at least 90 credits in the social sciences or humanities. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Informatics and Media

Learning outcomes

After the course the student should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding

  • be able to demonstrate from a critical, scholarly perspective an in-depth understanding of different theoretical perspectives on nationalism and its role in societal processes generally;
  • demonstrate understanding of how nationalism has been expressed, and how it has contributed to various historical and present-day developments, in the countries of the post-Soviet region (Russian and the former Soviet Union).

Competence and skills

  • independently find, analyse and compare texts related to the theory of nationalism and the issues raised by nationalism, both orally and in writing;
  • plan, implement, and present (orally and in writing) research within the context of both individual and group work.

Judgement and approach

  • critically assess and problematize different perspectives on nationalism and the societal processes that are covered in the course literature and various learning exercises;
  • critically reflect upon the concept of nationalism and its application as an analytical tool in research on societal developments in certain countries.


The course aims at providing an intersection between theoretical perspectives on nationalism and their implication for specific empirical case-studies. Historical and contemporary cases from the post-Soviet region will be assessed through the lenses of theoretical and scholarly inquiry. Students will work individually and/or in groups when examining seminal texts, real empirical data, or selected case studies. Student activating tasks will be included throughout the course of the instructions.


Instruction is in the form of seminars and lectures. The instruction also includes case study-based learning experiences and student activating tasks


The course is examined by active participation in seminars, as well as by oral presentations and written assignments.

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator or a decision by the department's working group for study matters.

Syllabus Revisions

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2021

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Ozkirimli, Umut Theories of Nationalism : A Critical Introduction [Elektronisk resurs]


    Find in the library


  • Laruelle, Marlene Russian Nationalism : Imaginaries, Doctrines, and Political Battlefields [Elektronisk resurs]


    Find in the library


  • Bassin, Mark.; Kelly, Catriona. Soviet and Post-Soviet Identities [Elektronisk resurs]

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012

    Find in the library


  • Kolstø, Pal The New Russian Nationalism [Elektronisk resurs]

    Edinburgh University Press, 2016

    Find in the library


  • Brown, David Contemporary nationalism : civic, ethnocultural and multicultural politics

    London: Routledge, 2000

    Find in the library


Seminar readings assigned as required.