States and Nations

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

This unit provides a historical overview of how new states are formed, justified by the principle of national self-determination and made possible through peaceful or violent secession.

By examining contemporary and historical examples, States and Nations explores questions of what makes a group of people a nation; how self-determination became justification for decolonisation in international law; whether Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination; whether secession is a right and the future of this principle in a united Europe.

Offering insight into the theoretical justifications and applications of the principle of self-determination, this unit is delivered online by Open Universities Australia and Macquarie University.

Eligibility

Students should have studied some politics prior to undertaking this unit.

Areas of study

In this politics unit, the topics you will study include:

  • The urge for independence: an introduction
  • The state: a story of the centralisation of political power
  • The nation: a story of mass mobilisation
  • Creating states out of nations: the principle of national self-determination from 1789 to 1945
  • Secession: what is it and how does it affect other states?
  • Peaceful secessions: Norway, Slovakia and Quebec
  • Violent secessions: Biafra, Bangladesh and Chechnya
  • Secession: explanatory theories
  • Contested explanations of secession: economic theories and international factor
  • Secession: normative theories
  • Secession and international law
  • Alternatives to secession

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Security Studies, Macquarie University

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit provides insight into the political forces that shape the global landscape. You will gain a deeper understanding of international relations, and employ social science theories and analytical skills to communicate your knowledge effectively. As part of a Bachelor of Security Studies, this unit provides scope for employment as a security analyst in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in States and Nations from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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