*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

What is Populism?

Donald Trump, Silvio Berlusconi, Marine Le Pen, and Hugo Chavez are all populists who have recently risen and even ruled in their countries across the globe. Ivan Krastev claims that we live in an ‘Age of Populism.’  But what is populism? This course will examine the causes of the rise of populism in the US, Europe, and Latin America. We shall also try to define a theory of populism and seek to determine if it has any ideological content, or is a sign of severe distress with the existing political system and as such a threat to democracy.

Instructor Bio:

John Mason holds a PhD in history from the University of Birmingham, UK. His teaching and research interests in twentieth-century European history are closely linked to living in particular places. In England he taught for the Open University for 25 years, and in the late 1990s did research and teaching in the post-Soviet countries of Slovakia, Hungary, and Armenia. John is also an active stone sculptor.

Recommended Reading:

Müller, Jan-Werner. What is Populism ?, 2016.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A60 John Mason Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21 Tu 10:00-11:30 a.m. The R. R. Smith Center WL

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