|Study location||Finland, Helsinki|
|Type||Short duration course, short course|
|Nominal duration||6.8.-22.8.2019 (5 ECTS)|
EARLY BIRD prices valid until 28.2.2019
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.
While much of the study of present-day populism has focused on identifying features shared by populist movements or on populism as a social logic, this course looks at the variability and intersectionality of populism in a perspective inspired by the political philosopher Ernesto Laclau.
First, populist phenomena vary according to cultural context. Second, populism gets entangled with such dimensions as gender, class, religion and space. And third, the very concept of populism tends to get loose to the extent of justifying the term of a ‘floating signifier’, familiar from Laclau’s approach to populism.
The course offers lectures, workshops, seminars and excursions to examine such phenomena as the role of affect or women in populist movements, the emergence of Donald Trump in the US, the rising tide of radical parties in Europe, Islamic populism in Turkey, and the rise and fall of Chavismo in Venezuela.
On completing this course, students will have a good understanding of different cultural, historical and political contexts of populism and its relationship to democratic governance. Hence they will also be able to discuss and judge the basis of populism from the perspective of Laclau’s theory by taking into account different political and media environments. They will have a clear idea of what populism is and is not in today’s politics, and what consequences this has for politics and citizens in a democratic society.
Course format and teaching methods
The course is built around lectures, course readings, workshops and group works that are led by Finnish and international scholars. Students are asked to read an article/book chapter for each course day and to write a learning diary based on the texts and lectures.
Field trip: Populism and space, a walk with Emilia Palonen in Helsinki to examine spatial dimensions of populism.
This course examines populism 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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