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PI3582: THE GLOBAL POLITICS OF SECESSION (2022-2023)

Last modified: 22 Jul 2022 16:05


Course Overview

Scotland’s independence referendum encouraged many people to reflect on secession for the first time. This course examines the bigger picture of secession. We look comparatively at cases such as Kosovo, South Sudan, Chiapas, and Sri Lanka (as well as Scotland) and considering the historical development of secession as a concept and political demand. Students are encouraged to reflect on how secessionist politics challenges or reinforces the role of the state and international organisations.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Judith Sijstermans

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Programme Level 3
  • Either International Relations (IR) or Politics (PI)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PI3082 The Global Politics of Secession (Passed)

Are there a limited number of places available?

Yes

One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.


Course Description

In this course, we study secessionist movements across the world and contextualize them in the global political system. Secessionist movements contest the role of their state and the state as a governing body, more generally. They also challenge international organisations to respond to their demands. Secessionist movements are thus interesting and instructive political forces for thinking about the future of governance locally and globally.

The course begins with an introduction to the history of secession politically and conceptually. We identify different types of secession movements, considering diverse ideological orientations, grievances against the state, and political contexts. We begin to develop knowledge of key empirical cases, including but not limited to Kosovo, South Sudan, Chiapas, Sri Lanka, and Scotland. These ground our analysis throughout the course. Next, we focus on how secessionist demands are mobilized. We look at role of political parties, violent tactics, ethnic conflict, and transnational movements. Finally, we conclude by reflecting on the role of the state and international system in responding to secessionist movements including through processes of accommodation, international recognition, and mediation.

This course introduces students to the wide variety of secessionist movements in the world. Taking these cases, students are encouraged to use comparison in seminars and in assessments as a way of understanding and explaining the politics of secession.


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Lecture during University weeks 26 - 35, 39
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 26 - 35, 39

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Oral Presentation: Group

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks 26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35 Feedback Weeks 26,27,28,29,30,31,32,33,34,35

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided by e-mail following each presentation.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the process of secession and dynamics of secessionist politics, considering the diversity of these processes and the wider context of international politics.
ProceduralAnalyseDistinguish different types of secessionist movements and different types of responses used by states and international organisations during territorial conflicts and secession processes.
ProceduralApplyApply the comparative method to explain secession demands, processes, and outcomes and the differences between them.
ReflectionCreatePropose political strategies available to secessionist actors, states, and international organisations to de-escalate, mediate and resolve territorial disputes.

Case Study Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 35
Assessment Weeks 39 Feedback Weeks 42

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided via MyAberdeen.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the process of secession and dynamics of secessionist politics, considering the diversity of these processes and the wider context of international politics.
ProceduralAnalyseDistinguish different types of secessionist movements and different types of responses used by states and international organisations during territorial conflicts and secession processes.
ReflectionCreatePropose political strategies available to secessionist actors, states, and international organisations to de-escalate, mediate and resolve territorial disputes.

Research Essay

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 45
Assessment Weeks 30 Feedback Weeks 33

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Feedback

Written feedback will be provided via MyAberdeen.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the process of secession and dynamics of secessionist politics, considering the diversity of these processes and the wider context of international politics.
ProceduralAnalyseDistinguish different types of secessionist movements and different types of responses used by states and international organisations during territorial conflicts and secession processes.
ProceduralApplyApply the comparative method to explain secession demands, processes, and outcomes and the differences between them.
ReflectionCreatePropose political strategies available to secessionist actors, states, and international organisations to de-escalate, mediate and resolve territorial disputes.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Take Home Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks 49,50 Feedback Weeks 52,53

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Feedback

Take home exam will give students 4 questions, of which they need to answer 2. Feedback will be provided on MyAberdeen.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the process of secession and dynamics of secessionist politics, considering the diversity of these processes and the wider context of international politics.
ProceduralAnalyseDistinguish different types of secessionist movements and different types of responses used by states and international organisations during territorial conflicts and secession processes.
ProceduralApplyApply the comparative method to explain secession demands, processes, and outcomes and the differences between them.
ReflectionCreatePropose political strategies available to secessionist actors, states, and international organisations to de-escalate, mediate and resolve territorial disputes.

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