Offered to European and Nordic studies (ENS), Global Politics and Communication (GPC) and Politiikan ja viestinnän (Polvi) Master's students.
Having completed the course unit, the student will be able to reflect on the origins, theories and practices of populism and concretely analyse and assess populism in different parts of Europe and beyond it. The students are capable of recognising populist practices, logics and movements and their political dimensions in the wider and transnational European context, or perhaps focus on populism from an in-depth or comparative perspective in one or more European countries. (S)he can debate the emerging phenomenon and write an advanced-level reflective and critical academic analysis of populism in Europe using one or several of the provided models of analysis or explanatory frameworks.
Offered every year. The teaching period determined in the annual teaching plan.
Populism is not reduced to political parties and is not a single phenomenon that would emerge in all parts of Europe or even in one country with particular and exclusive set of characteristics. This course unit explores populism in Europe but also acknowledges the global, transnational character of this multifaceted phenomenon – or set of phenomena. It explores it from one or several analytical perspectives to populism. The course unit makes a distinction between the everyday usage of the term and the academic approaches to it particularly but not necessarily exclusively from the political science perspective.
Selection of literature specified by the teacher, and/or the selection from below:
- Mény and Surel (2002) Democracies and the Populist Challenge, Palgrave.
- Kriesi, Hanspeter and Takis S Pappas (eds.) European Populism in the Shadow of the Great Recession, ECPR Press, 2015.
- Wodak, Ruth (2015) The Politics of Fear; What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean, Sage, 2015.
Language of instruction: English
Contact teaching. In exceptional cases a literature exam.