Units of Study

GOVT6220 - The State, Secession, and Civil War

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Ryan Griffiths


Secession represents one of the most definitive challenges to the legitimacy and authority of the sovereign state. This unit will examine explanations for the causes of secessionism, why it has become more common over the last 60 years, and when it results in civil war. Consideration will also be given to normative questions such as: when do a people have the right to secede? These topics will be discussed in the context of a number of real world cases.


3x200wd reading quizzes (10%) and 2000wd essays (2x45%)


1x1-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week.

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