Finland, Helsinki

Populism in Europe and Beyond

when 7 August 2018 - 23 August 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 990

This course offers a hands-on experience for students who are in equal degrees fascinated and confused by the persistence of populism in Europe and beyond. It is near impossible to read the news today without coming across some sort of reference to populism, mostly in the form that it is an epidemic threatening our democratic societies.

With the emergence of the Trump phenomenon, the shock of Brexit and the rising tide of radical parties in Europe, populism is an overused yet largely undefined term. So join us in our expedition for its roots and representations through lectures, workshops, excursions, movie show and discussion with real-life populist politicians.

Course leader

Halil Gürhanli

Target group

This course examines the populist spectacle from both theoretical and empirical perspectives, critically engaging with the most prevalent understandings of the term and encouraging students to think of its representations in a new light. Advanced Bachelor’s level or Master’s level students of social sciences are warmly invited to take this course.

Course aim

On completing this course, students should have a good understanding of different approaches to populism and its relationship with the democratic governance in contemporary Europe. They would have a clear idea of what populism is and, more importantly, is not in today’s politics. They would have the capacity to grasp and analyse any text or speech that employs the term and to produce their own opinions on populism and populists both at a theoretical and an empirical level.

Fee info

EUR 990: Degree and PhD students
EUR 1490: Professionals

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