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Liberal Arts Core

CAP 3129 Being National

Nearly all people in the world today are "national". But what really is national identity? Has it always existed? Where does it come from? This course examines the evolution of modern nations since the eighteenth century; the character of "being national" today in America, Europe, and other areas of the world; the powerful role that religion continues to play in national identify formation; the implications of globalization for national identity; how immigrants experience national identity; and, finally, the constructed and contingent nature of nations and national identify. Prerequisite: junior standing. (Variable)