Populism is a topical issue but is also one with a long history of sociological investigation. This course will examine populism as a phenomenon that is not confined to politics and which now exists in cultural and mediated forms. Populism, like some forms of contemporary music, celebrates 'authenticity' and 'directness'. But this authenticity, it seems, can be simulated and the sense of directness today is often, in fact, mediated. A central theme of the course will be the relationship between intellectuals and populist movements, whether understood as 'progressive' social movements that intellectuals might support or movements that condemn intellectuals as the embodiment of 'inauthentic' elites. Topics covered thus include the perils of cultural populism, the role of demagogues in populist movements of left and right, the normalisation of populist insurgencies and the interaction between journalism and populist developments.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise some key controversies and debates within the literature on populism.
- Identify the basic elements of dispute within a theoretical or methodological perspective.
- Display skills associated with scholarly inquiry about populism including those related to critical analysis, argument and written expression
- Express ideas in writing with conceptual coherence.
Indicative AssessmentCritical Review, 1500 words (40%) LO 1,2,3
Tutorial Presentation of 10 minutes (10%) LO 1,2,3
Final Essay, 3000 words (50%) LO 1,2
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials.
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsLinks to Readings will be provided on the course Wattle site and Library ebrick.
Berezin M. (2009) Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Bartlett J, Birdwell J and Littler M. (2012) The new face of digital populism: Demos.
Eco,U. (2007) Turning Back the Clock: Hot Wars and Media Populism. Orlando: Harvest/Harcourt: 128-156.
Frith, S. (1991) ‘The Good, the Bad, and the Indifferent: Defending Popular Culture from the Populists’, Diacritics, 21:4 (Winter): 102 -115.
Worsley,P. (1969) ‘The Concept of Populism’. In G. Ionescu and E. Gellner (eds.), Populism: Its Meaning and National Characteristics. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson: 212-250
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|9309||22 Jul 2019||29 Jul 2019||31 Aug 2019||25 Oct 2019||In Person||N/A|