Federation, Secession and Partition
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Level: Graduate
Division: The New School for Social Research
Department: Politics
Course Number: GPOL 5318
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
  • Politics
  • Sociology
  • History
The course will examine theories of federation (Jellinek, Schmitt, Forsythe and Beaud) and of secession (Calhoun, Buchanan et.al.) We will explore the difference between secession and partition in international law, as well as the prohibiton of annexation. Two thirds of the course, depending on specific student interest, will focus on famous cases of federation and partition in Poland, United States, Canada, Argentina, Ireland, India, Palestine and possibly the breakup of Yugoslavia. We will consider demographic (ethnic, linguistic, religious), economic and political divisions at stake during federation, secession and partition. We will pay special attention to external or international roles in processes of coming and holding together, as well as coming apart.
Course Open to: Degree Students with Restrictions


Not open to Undergraduate students.