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School of Politics and International Relations

POL312 Populism a Global Perspective

POL312 Populism a Global Perspective

Credits: 15
Semester: 1

Module Convenor: Dr. Stijn van Kessel

Description: Brexit, Trump, Bolsonaro, Le Pen...due to the recent prominence of supposed populist parties, politicians and events, populism has become a much-debated theme. Populism is also a problematic concept, as its use is often pejorative and imprecise. This module focuses on the concept of populism and instances of populism in the real world across time and space. What does populism mean? Is it always associated with xenophobic politics? How can support for populism be explained? What are its implications? And is populism a threat to democracy?


Assessment: Item 1: 40% Literature Review (1500 words) Item 2: 60% Take-home Exam (2 hours)
Level: 6

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