Fall 2022 - IS 230 D100

Beyond the Nation-State: Identity and Belonging in a Globalized World (3)

Class Number: 5114

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    AQ 3154, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 15, 2022
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    WMC 2532, Burnaby



This course surveys the diverse ways people have fashioned identities and social relations that do not easily conform to the boundaries of nation-states. Explores how, in the context of transnational movements of people and ideas, individuals and communities construct and contest new identities, aspirations, and forms of belonging. Breadth-Humanities/Social Sciences.


This course examines different aspects of identity formation and belonging against the background of transnational movements of people and ideas. We will cover how individuals and communities construct and contest new identities. Conflicts, struggles and demands in an increasingly globalized world will be among our focus points. We will pay particular attention to interlinkages between identity and migration.

The students will discuss shifting identities, changing class politics, queer politics, racial capitalism and indigeneity. The course will review the circulation of ideas and various meanings of identity politics in the 21st century.


The course benefits from an interdisciplinary perspective to elaborate on how identity is performed and how belonging has been perceived in recent decades. Students will question the setting and shifting of boundaries and the significance of transnationalism. They will advance their grasp of how transnational processes impact nation-states, nationalisms and different identities. They will critically engage with the key concepts in identity studies and develop their skills in elaborating on different theoretical perspectives.


  • Tutorial Participation 15%
  • 3 x Reading Response Essays 15%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Op-Ed 20%
  • Final Exam 25%


Students will be required to submit their written assignments to Turnitin.com in order to receive credit for the assignments and for the course.

The School for International Studies strictly enforces the University's policies regarding plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty. Information about these policies can be found at: http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/teaching.html.



All course readings will be available electronically via SFU Library and hyperlinked through the course Canvas page.


Your personalized Course Material list, including digital and physical textbooks, are available through the SFU Bookstore website by simply entering your Computing ID at: shop.sfu.ca/course-materials/my-personalized-course-materials.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating. Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the university community. Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the university. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the university. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html