Populism in Europe and Beyond

Populism in Europe and Beyond

Course dates:
8 August, 2017 to 18 August, 2017
Degree and PhD students €690 / Professionals €990
Multidisciplinary, Social Sciences
Application deadline:
Monday, 7 August, 2017
University of Helsinki
Helsinki, Finland

General information


Target students
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.

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 nowadays to read the news 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 Trump phenomenon, shock of Brexit and rising tide of radical parties in Europe, it is an overused but largely undefined term. So join us in our expedition for its roots and representations in the form of lectures, workshops, excursions, movie show and discussion with real-life populist politicians.

Learning objectives
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.



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