Fall 2023

Post-Colonial Nationalism

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-263


Amrita Basu (Section 01)


Nationalist fervor seemed likely to diminish once so-called Third World nations achieved independence. However, the past few years have witnessed the resurgence and transformation of nationalism in the post-colonial world. Where anti-colonial nationalist movements appeared to be progressive forces of social change, many contemporary forms of nationalism appear to be reactionary. Did nationalist leaders and theoreticians fail to identify the exclusionary qualities of earlier incarnations of nationalism? Were they blind to its chauvinism? Or has nationalism become increasingly intolerant? Was the first wave of nationalist movements excessively marked by European liberal influences? Or was it insufficiently committed to universal principles? We will explore expressions of nationalism in democratic, revolutionary, religious nationalist, and ethnic separatist movements in the post-colonial world.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Professor Basu.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority first given to fourth-year Political Science majors, then to a balance of first-years, sophomores and juniors, randomly determined, followed by 5-college students.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Independent research, oral presentations, and group work.

POSC 263 - LEC

Section 01
Tu 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CHAP 101
Th 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM CHAP 101


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023