Why Nations Break Apart: Could it Happen in Australia?

Separatism is a growing threat to the concept of the nation-state, which has organised and shaped human society for centuries. From Great Britain and Spain, through Asia and Africa to Australia and New Zealand, ethnic, linguistic and religious groups continue to demand political autonomy. This course begins with a study of separatist movements in Norfolk Island and Western Australia and in some indigenous communities, then looks at successful and unsuccessful movements in every continent, including indigenous issues in New Zealand and Canada, the break-up of Yugoslavia, the multiple divisions of British India, and the role of the Kurds in current conflict in the Middle East.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Factors dividing communities within the nation-state – issues in Norfolk Island and Western Australia; indigenous issues close to home, in Indonesia, PNG and New Zealand.
  • Separatist movements in Europe and ongoing issues, including the division of Ireland, separatism in Scotland, the breakup of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, conflicts in Spain.
  • The multiple division of British India: Burma, Pakistan and Ceylon. Continuing conflict in Kashmir.
  • Separatism in Asia: the division of French Indo-China, issues in Indonesia, including the Moluccas, Timor Leste and West Irian, and conflict in Thailand.
  • Turkey and its neighbours – the push for Kurdistan, problems in Syria, Georgia and Armenia.
  • Countering separatist pressures: devolution (Great Britain, Nigeria, South Africa); success and failure (the United States, the Sudan); alternative futures for indigenous peoples, including Australia’s Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the major factors which lead to success and failure in separatist movements.
  2. Analyse the complex issues involved in indigenous movements in various parts of the world, including in Australia, New Zealand and PNG.
  3. Analyse the factors which distinguish a failed state from a successful and continuing nation-state.
$192 Limited / $173

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28 Feb
Please note this course starts on Feb 28. It was originally advertised to start on Feb 7.

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