This course examines the populist spectacle from both theoretical and empirical perspectives, critically engaging with the most prevalent understandings of the term and encouraging students to think of its representations in a new light. Advanced Bachelor’s level or Master’s level students of social sciences are warmly invited to take this course.
This course offers a hands-on experience for students who are in equal degrees fascinated and confused by the persistence of populism in Europe and beyond. It is near impossible to read the news today without coming across some sort of reference to populism, mostly in the form that it is an epidemic threatening our democratic societies.
With the emergence of the Trump phenomenon, the shock of Brexit and the rising tide of radical parties in Europe, populism is an overused yet largely undefined term. So join us in our expedition for its roots and representations through lectures, workshops, excursions, movie show and discussion with real-life populist politicians.
On completing this course, students should have a good understanding of different approaches to populism and its relationship with the democratic governance in contemporary Europe. They would have a clear idea of what populism is and, more importantly, is not in today’s politics. They would have the capacity to grasp and analyse any text or speech that employs the term and to produce their own opinions on populism and populists both at a theoretical and an empirical level.
Students are asked to read about 20 pages for each course day, which usually comprises of lectures followed by group work and/or visiting experts. In addition to lectures, various learning methods are employed throughout the course:
Grading scale: 1 to 5, assessed on the following basis:
Class Participation (20%)
Group Assignments (40%)
Learning Diary (40%)
Location: City Centre Campus
Monday 6.8.2018 Registration begins
Tuesday 7.8.2018 Registration continues, HSS Opening Ceremony
Wednesday 8.8.2018 Courses begin