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Unit Overview


This unit focuses on the development of ethnic and national identities in the context of European history, society and culture. Literary and theoretical texts are studied in historical context in order to arrive at a critical understanding of the development of ethnicity and national identity as psychosocial categories; the ways in which ethnicity has been used in the service of nationalist ideologies and identifications; and the ways in which ethnicity and national identity have been represented in European literature and culture at different times. In the process of engaging with this literary, cultural and historical material, students further extend their skills in research and documentation, clear and accurate summation and presentation of arguments, critical analysis and interpretation, and succinct synthesis and statement of conclusions.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the History major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the development of ethnic and national identities in a range of European historical and cultural contexts; (2) analyse significant literary and theoretical works which engage with ideas of and/or represent aspects of ethnicity and national identity; (3) apply the principles of ethical research, analytical thinking, clear writing and correct documentation in written assignments; and (4) effectively communicate orally and interact constructively and productively in interpersonal (classroom) situations.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) online quizzes; and (3) tutorial participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Kati Tonkin
Unit rules
any Level 2 unit from the Bachelor of Arts.
EURO2203 Imagined Homelands—Survey.
EURO3302 Imagining the Nation in European Cultural History
Contact hours
This unit is taught in a blended mode over 11 weeks. Each week students work through an online presentation (approximately 1 hour) and then attend a 90-minute tutorial.

William Shakespeare, Henry V (Collins Classics)

Heinrich Mann, The Loyal Subject (Bloomsbury – Continuum)

Joseph Roth, Radetzky March (Granta – Michael Hofmann translation)

Ivo Andric, The Bridge over the Drina (Harvill)

J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter (your choice of novel from the series)

  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.