The State, Secession, and Civil War (GOVT6220)


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.

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1x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x600wd Reading quizzes (10%), 2x 2700wd Essay (90%),

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