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Creating New States - POL304

Since 1914 new states have been continuously created and their existence justified on the basis of the principle of national self-determination: in the last hundred years, the number of independent states has grown from around 52 to more than 195. In most cases, the new states were allegedly ‘created by’ or ‘assigned to’ individual nations. What are those powerful agents, ‘nations,’ that need and create states of their own? How are new states created today? How can we justify the creation of new independent states today, when there are so few if any dependent states - colonies - left? The unit aims to answer these questions by examining both the processes through which territories and populations withdraw - secede – from existing states and the legal and normative framework within which these processes currently take place. In addition, recent attempts at state integration or unification, such as the European Union, and a few plans for a single world state will be briefly discussed.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S1 Day - Session 1, North Ryde, Day

S1 Online - Session 1, Online

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Aleksandar Pavkovic

39cp at 100 level or above or (6cp in HIST or MHIS or POL units at 200 level including 3cp in POL) Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): POL342, POIX304
Unit Designation(s):
Unit Type: People unit
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Faculty of Arts

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