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School of Politics and International Relations

POL313 Populism in 21st Century Europe

This module focuses on the concept of populism and instances of populism in the real world. Due to the recent rise of populist parties and candidates, populism has become a much-debated theme. The term is also problematic, as it is often ill defined, applied randomly and used in a pejorative manner. The module will focus on the meaning and implications of populism and the various ways in which it has been expressed throughout time and space.

(POL313B - Spring)

Level: 6

Semester: B

Credit Value: 15

Module Convenor: Dr

Overlap: None

Pre-requisite: POL312

Compulsory for: None

Associate Availability: Not available 

Description:

This module focuses on populism and instances of populism in contemporary European politics. Due to the recent rise of populist parties and candidates in Europe (and beyond), populism has become a much-debated theme.  The module will focus on the various ways in which populism is expressed in European politics, and populism's natural relationship with Euroscepticism. The emphasis will be on populist political parties: their varying ideological characteristics, reasons underlying their success or failure, and their impact on the political debate, rival political parties, and liberal democratic regimes more generally.   

Assessment: 1 x practical (15 minute presentation) (20%) and 1 x comparative analysis 3000 words (80%)