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Archived Curricula Guide 2012–2015
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PEACE010 Power of Identity: Nationalism, Memory & Conflict Resolution 5 ECTS
Organised by
MP in Peace, Mediation and Conflict Research
Peace and Conflict Research
Person in charge
Marko Lehti/TAPRI

Learning outcomes

The student understands why identities are a powerful source of conflicts and knows how to study identities.


This course examines what is understood by nationalism and national identity, and how identity is intertwined with security. The notion of ontological security is introduced to explain how conflicts between and within nation-states are struggles over identities. Furthermore, the role of collective memory and past politics are analyzed as the sites of power struggle. The controversial nature of multiculturalism is also discussed in classes.

Lectures (10 h), articles + seminar (14 h) (students give an oral presentation on the basis of their essay)

Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English

Examination (including lectures and selected literature) + seminar with essay


Numeric 1-5.

Study materials

Reading list will be announced at the beginning of the course.

Further information

Some room in the course for exchange students and other students, please contact the teacher before the course.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Social Sciences and Humanities
School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
School of Social Sciences and Humanities