Course: HUMA 630. Nation and Empire, Law and Government (3)
This course examines the formation of the modern nation-state in 17th and 18th century Europe. Exploring the origins of nation-states in ethnic, linguistic, cultural and other identities and the principles that hold them together (e.g., moral, religious and legal systems), the course will focus in particular on how they are constructed or problematised textually through art, literature and philosophical critique. The course will include extensive analysis and critical evaluation of the impact of the modern state on other societies, with particular attention to colonialism, imperialism and globalization. The course will end with a discussion of precursors, successors and alternatives to the nation-state as a form of political organization.