• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Policy Studies, Sociology, Politics

This course explores the topical phenomenon of populism from a sociological perspective. It includes, but is not limited to, populism in politics. Topics covered thus include:
1) What is populism? Politics offers the most common definition of populism today: social movements and parties that claim to be 'of the people' and 'against the elite'. But is this sufficient?
2) Intellectual and 'cultural' populism: the celebration of all things 'authentic' and 'direct', most notably in the case of popular music, but often in all forms of popular culture.
3) The problem of 'simulated authenticity': how can anything be authentically 'of the people'. What role do different forms of media, including journalism, play here?
4) The dark side of populism: the scapegoating of those deemed 'enemies of the people' by populist demagogues inside and outside politics.

Learning Outcomes

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:
  1. recognise some key controversies and debates within the literature on populism;
  2. identify the basic elements of dispute within a theoretical or methodological perspective;
  3. display skills associated with scholarly inquiry about populism including those related to critical analysis, argument and written expression; and
  4. express ideas in writing with conceptual coherence.

Indicative Assessment

Critical Review, 1500 words (40%) Learning Outcomes 1-4
Tutorial Presentation of 10 minutes (10%) Learning Outcomes 1-3
Final Essay, 3000 words (50%) Learning Outcomes 1, 2, and 4   
 
 

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
 

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 6 units of 1000 level Sociology (SOCY), Criminology (CRIM) or Political Science (POLS) courses; or with permission of the convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Links to Readings will be provided on the course Wattle site and Library ebrick.
 

Preliminary Reading

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
 

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
14
Unit value:
6 units

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Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4890
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6831 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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