- Code SOCY2167
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Sociology
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Sociology
- Areas of interest Cultural Studies, Gender Studies, Sociology, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Melinda Cooper
- Mode of delivery In Person
First Semester 2023
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This course explores the topical phenomenon of populism from a sociological perspective. Topics covered 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) Populism, class and producerism: how does populism mobilise traditional markers of working class belonging while simplifying or distorting the actual stratifications of class today;
3) The role of gender and racial backlash: how are gender, sexual and racial minorities constituted as enemies of the people;
4) Populism and neoliberalism: the relationship between populist backlash and free market neoliberalism, from Thatcher and Reagan to today;
5) Populism of the left and right: what distinguishes populism from mainstream politics and how is it mobilised by both the left and right.
Upon successful completion, 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; and
- express ideas in writing with conceptual coherence.
- Short essay 1500 words (40) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial participation and attendance (10) [LO 1,2,3]
- Long essay, 3000 words (50) [LO 1,2,4]
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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 and tutorial-like activities; and
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.
Margaret Canovan, Populism, New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1981.
Michael Kazin. The Populist Persuasion: An American History, New York: Basic Books, 1995.
Cas Mudde and Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser. Populism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
Jan-Werner Müller. What is Populism? Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016. 41-74.
Carlos de la Torre, ed. Routledge Handbook of Global Populism. London: Routledge, 2018.
Cristobal Rovira Kaltwasser, Paul A. Taggart, Paulina Ochoa Espejo, Pierre Ostiguy, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Populism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
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