The criminalization of protests and democracy in Western Europe

Course Dates: 04/06/24 - 25/06/24
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
Location: Keeley Street
This course looks at the responses of Western European governments to recent protests and asks what the increasing criminalisation of protests means for the state of democracy in these countries.
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The criminalization of protests and democracy in Western Europe
  • Course Code: HPC133
  • Dates: 04/06/24 - 25/06/24
  • Time: 18:30 - 20:30
  • Taught: Tue, Evening
  • Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Salome Ietter

Course Code: HPC133

Tue, eve, 04 Jun - 25 Jun '24

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course will take an in-depth look at the responses of the British and French governments to various protests that have marked each country in recent years, and will particularly question the increasing criminalisation of the act of protesting. It will also take a historical perspective to the links between democracy and protests, questioning how that link works today in relation to these policies today.

What will we cover?

- The contested nature of democracy and its various definitions
- The different ways in which the link between the right to protest and democracy can be understood historically
- How these debates around democracy and the right to protest echo in the political treatment of protests today,
- The specific policies and discourses deployed around protests in recent years in France and the UK.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Contribute to debates around the idea of democracy and the role of protests, both from a theoretical and a historical perspective
- Critically analyse policies and discourses around protests
- Understand the processes of criminalisation of political protests in France and the UK
- Reflect on the contemporary challenges to democracy in ‘liberal democracies’.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

The course is at an introductory level and is suitable for those new to the subject as well as those who have some familiarity with the topics to be covered. A good grasp of English to keep up with the course and participate fully is necessary. As with most of our history and politics courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The course will run in person and use a combination of lectures, backed by PowerPoint presentations, and discussions in large and small groups. Material to prepare the discussions will be available on the course website, and will include short extracts from key authors on the history between democracy, protests and policing, as well as newspapers pieces on various case studies we will be studying.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

There are no additional costs, but you may wish to bring pen and paper or a digital equivalent for notetaking.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

- HPC138: Left populism and socialism today
- HPC141: Looking beyond headlines: colonialism and contemporary conflicts.

Salome Ietter

Dr Salomé Ietter got her PhD in political theory from Queen Mary University of London in October 2023, advancing the concept of ‘anti-populism’ to study neoliberal responses to popular protests and social movements in the UK and France. She has taught students for 5 years at Queen Mary and King’s College and is now a lecturer at the University of Warwick, teaching on race and racism, the politics of gender in global politics. Her research is on race and class in Northern England and Northern France; and her teaching and research interests revolve around capitalism and colonialism, neoliberalism, populism and anti-populism, the politics of race and gender, and political discourses and ideologies. Her classes aim to be friendly, inclusive and participatory, to make education an empowering and social endeavour that enables everyone learn from each other as much as learn specific content and skills. She is very excited to start at City Lit and connect with City Lit learners. In her leisure time, Salomé enjoys theatre, music, and outdoor activities such as trail running, hiking, and triathlons.

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