GBST 300
Far-Right Populism Across the Atlantic Spring 2024
Division II
Cross-listed PSCI 336
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The course will discuss the relationship between nationalism and far-right populism, also often referred to as alt-right politics in the United States. We will explore the causes of the rise of nationalism and far-right populism in the US and Europe, discuss their relations with liberal democracy, conservativism, and authoritarian politics to study varieties of far-right populism and nationalism not only within the nominal far-right but all political parties in Western democracies. We will address basic questions such as ‘What is populism?’ and discuss the causes of the rise of far-right populism, the origins of far-right ideology, and the phenomenon of successful populist voter mobilization. Central notions such as democracy, identity, and their relation to far-right populism will be discussed alongside questions of contemporary mobilization strategies.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 3688
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Active class participation; 14 response papers (1-2 pages); final research paper (10 pages); no final exam
Prerequisites: statement of interest
Enrollment Preferences: sophomores, juniors, majors, or concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 300 Division II PSCI 336 Division II
Attributes: PSCI Political Theory Courses

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