PSCI 360
Right-Wing Populism Spring 2018
Division II Writing Skills
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After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the political scientist Francis Fukuyama famously declared “the end of history”. From now on only liberal democracy, free market capitalism, and global integration had a future. Everything else–including political ideology, nationalism, conservative religion, and sovereignty was consigned to the ash heap. Thirty years later the future looks seriously derailed. A right-wing populism marked by Brexit, Trump, Le Pen, and a host of “far-right” political movements in the very heartland of democratic globalizing capitalism has shaken liberal certainties. This course is an investigation into contemporary right-wing populism in Europe and North America in its social, economic, and political context. We will discuss Donald Trump and the American alt-right, Britain’s UKIP, France’s National Front, Hungary’s Fidesz and Jobbik, Poland’s Law and Justice, and other smaller right-wing populist parties in Europe. We will also research both general (globalization, multiculturalism, neoliberalism, mass immigration, unemployment, political elitism) and specific (the expansion of the European Union, the 2007-09 global financial crisis, the European debt crisis, the Great Recession, the Syrian refugee crisis) causes of right-wing populism’s growing appeal over the last decade.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 16
Expected: 15
Class#: 3609
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: two 5- to 7-page essays; major final research paper; regular discussion questions; class participation
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: PSCI 202, 204, or 229; or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Attributes: PSCI Comparative Politics Courses
PSCI International Relations Courses
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