Multiple trends and factors must be considered in shaping any policy in the Contemporary World: globalization, mass migration, the impact of Muslim religion and movements and the wide array of definitions of international and regional identities. It has been proposed that all of these trends are a sign of a deep crisis: the crisis of the nation-state. Considering these current international events, must we rethink how much influence and power the nation-state still holds within its territories, with regards to issues such as citizenship and identity? Or how different states deal with the challenges that the international scene has posed to their traditional models of identity, and what expected and unexpected results this process has entailed? What is the scope of power of the nation-state and what lessons can be gleaned from other international experiences, in order to respond more effectively to this very real and concrete problem? To answer these questions, the course will analyze, from a historical and theoretical point of view, concepts such as nationality, citizenship and identity. Examples from around the world will be studied to analyze how varying patterns of citizenship, nationality and identity are in constant change and evolution as they face social and political challenges.
Department: Political Science