Undergraduate Course: Populism: Pathology or Panacea? (PLIT10114)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course aims to introduce students to one of the most complex and challenging phenomena in contemporary politics: populism. We will analyse existing theorizations of populism; the major justifications and criticisms of it, some comparative case studies, and will conclude with examining the causes of populist politics.
This course aims to introduce students to one of the most complex and challenging phenomena in contemporary politics: populism. We shall approach populism from four different directions which will match the four key sections of the course: (1) conceptually, we will survey and assess various theorizations of populism including the notions of populism as a discourse, ideology and political style; (2) analytically, we will explore both justifications and condemnations of populism; (3) comparatively, we will examine various regional contexts in which populism has gained traction, paying attention to both left-wing and right-wing movements and parties; and (4) critically, we will probe the causes of populist politics and the means by which it proceeds.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 4 Politics/International Relations courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Section for admission to this course **
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand different conceptualizations of populism
- comprehend various justificatory and critical perspectives on populism
- grasp the complexity of regional varieties of populist movements and parties
- reflect on the historical and social causes that explain the rise of populist politics
- contribute to discussions about how polities and citizens may respond to populism
|Kaltwasser, Cristóbal Rovira, Paul Taggart, Paulina Ochoa Espejo and Pierre Ostiguy, The Oxford Handbook of Populism. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.|
Laclau, Ernesto. On Populist Reason. London/New York: Verso, 2005.
March, Luke. Radical Left Parties in Europe. New York: Routledge, 2011.
Mudde, Cas. Populist Radical Right Parties in Europe. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Mudde, Cas, and Cristóbal Rovira Kaltwasser. Populism: A Very Short Introduction. Very Short Introductions. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2017.
Müller, Jan-Werner. What Is Populism? Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.
Panizza, Francisco, ed. Populism and the Mirror of Democracy. London/New York: Verso, 2005.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||By the end of the course, students should have strengthened their skills in:
- analysing evidence and using this to develop and support a line of argument,
- presenting and discussing information orally
-synthesizing theoretical knowledge and applying to real-world cases
|Course organiser||Prof Luke March
Tel: (0131 6)50 4241
|Course secretary||Mr Alexander Dysart
Tel: (0131 6)51 5197