Time: 18:30 - 20:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
- Course Code: HPC183
- Dates: 01/05/24 - 29/05/24
- Time: 18:30 - 20:00
- Taught: Wed, Evening
- Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
- Location: Online
- Tutor: Francesca Granelli
Course Code: HPC183
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
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What is the course about?
Populism and radicalism is challenging the establishment across the world. There has been a particular surge in far right politics that usually attach populism to ideologies based on racial, ethnic, and nationalist forms of identification. However, we neglect left wing populism at our peril. Cutting across these different expressions, this course will explore populism and radicalism as a phenomenon.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
- What is populism?
- What are the causes of the rise of populism and the alt-right?
- Is populism a threat or a corrective to democracy?
- What are the relations between populism and alt-right politics?
- What are the key components of alt-right ideology and identity?
- What does a left wing populism consist in?
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Define populism and understand its contestability
- Understand its causes and varieties
- Engage with contending theories of populism and alt-right politics
- Discuss the relations between populism, the alt-right, and liberal democracy
- Describe, and understand the evolving practices of right and left wing populism.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required, although there will be some recommended reading. Books should be available from a library, although you might wish to buy a particular text if you wish to explore a topic further.
This is an `introductory` course and does not assume any previous study or reading. Although a good grasp of English will help you keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. As with most of our history and current affairs courses, intellectual curiosity and an open mind are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Most sessions involve the tutor leading in with a prepared talk or lecture. There is ample opportunity for discussion of issues or problems raised. As the course progresses learners are encouraged to take an increasing part in the learning process, especially with regard to discussing aspects of the topics covered.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No other costs. Please bring a pen and notebook to class if you wish to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
HPC184 Social movements.
Francesca is a Teaching Fellow at King's College, London. She completed her PhD on Trust and Revolution, having earned an MA in International Relations. Her book -- Trust, Politics, and Revolution: a European History -- was published by IB Tauris in 2019.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.