|Type||Short duration course, short course|
|Nominal duration||7.8.-23.8.2018 (5 ECTS)|
EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2018
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A minimum of 2 years of university-level studies is required for all courses. See course-specific requirements below >> target students.
All courses are taught in English. Although applicants are not required to present an official certificate of language proficiency, all students must be fluent in English. A good command of English is necessary for completing the course (following teaching, participating in classroom discussions, writing essays) as well as managing day-to-day matters in Finland. An applicant can be rejected if his/her level of English is not deemed equivalent to the standards.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
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, a movie show and a discussion with real-life populist politicians.
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.
Course format and teaching methods
Students are asked to read about 20 pages for each course day, which usually comprises of lectures followed by group work and/or visiting experts. In addition to lectures, various learning methods are employed throughout the course:
- Pre-course assignment: Students are asked to bring up a populist ‘name’ written on a piece of paper, to be revealed on the first day during an ice-breaker discussion and group formation process.
- Group assignment 1: Groups of 3–5 students present a deconstructive reading of video-recorded speeches of well-known populist politicians such as Donald Trump, Marine Le Pen, Silvio Berlusconi, etc., offering their takes on the ‘populist message’. The aim is to generate a common table after all group presentations, with distinctive features of what makes one ‘populist’.
- Group assignment 2: Groups of 3–5 students prepare a campaign poster design for a Populist Party and an accompanying public speech, presenting it with a special emphasis on ‘populist communication strategies’.
- Field Trip: Passage from Kaisaniemi to Hakaniemi Square through the so-called Pitkäsilta, as the critical avenue through which the Finnish ‘people’, along with their collective memories and myth, were constructed in the aftermath of the Civil War. Programme: Lunch at Hakaniemi Market Hall followed by a guided tour of Kaisaniemi, Hakaniemi and Kallio ending up at Juttutupa (Excursion guide Janne Hernesniemi, Education Officer at JHL Institute, The Trade Union for the Public and Welfare Sectors).
- Guest Politicians: Half a day dedicated to an in-class discussion between a self-defined populist politician (tbc) and an anti-populist one (tbc). Students are encouraged to take part and push the politicians out of their comfort zone with questions and comments.
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.
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NB! The application deadline is June 26th, 2018. However the students of the University of Helsinki may apply until July 20th, 2018.