Module Convenor: Dr. Stijn van Kessel
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?
Connected course(s): Compulsory for: None
Assessment: Item 1: 40% Literature Review (1500 words)
Item 2: 60% Take-home Exam (2 hours)