Overview:

In this course, we will explore the phenomenon of populism and its relationship to globalisation, particularly as it has played out in Europe (and the Americas) in the 21st century thus far.  Why are there many successful populist parties across the globe?  And what are some of the consequences of this phenomenon?  To address these questions, we will start by exploring what globalisation has brought economically, politically, socially, and culturally across the globe.  We will then investigate the extent to which populism can be understood as a reaction to these and other trends.  In the course of doing so, we will zoom in on many recent developments, such as the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.  Finally, we will explore the varieties of populism and its consequences for democracy and current global challenges.

 

Aims:

Students will become familiar with key concepts and issues related to globalisation and populism; students will build capacity to critically assess existing approaches to globalisation and populism; students will develop analytical skills to situate debates about globalisation and populism in broader political, economic, and social contexts.

 

Intended Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the course, students will have a critical awareness of the context of globalisation and populism and will have an informed understanding of various approaches to responding to globalisation and populism within contemporary societies and regions.