RS: Populist Politics

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode LYX033M10
Vaknaam RS: Populist Politics
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I
ECTS 10
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Research Seminar: Populist Politics and Governments in Contemporary Europe
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the research seminars, a student is at least able to:

L1. Acquire, organize and apply knowledge about various aspects of the specialization(s) linked to the research seminar, as well as about the role of different actors within these fields. (PLO 1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 5.1)
L2. Develop a research plan with a clearly formulated problem definition, using one or more methods and techniques suitable for the research in the specific field of specialization. (PLO 2.1, 2.2)
L3. Act self-reliant and reliable in the execution of the tasks belonging to this course unit, and execute tasks in a scientifically, socially and ethically responsible manner. (PLO 3.1)
L4. Critically assess research of oneself and of others. (PLO 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.2)
L5. Report on research choices and progress in a clear manner, with the help of ICT skills. (PLO 4.1, 4.3, 5.5)
L6. Express oneself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed form, using understandable and correct English or Dutch. (PLO 4.1, 4.2, 4.3).

The PLO numbers correspond to the programme learning outcomes in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the Master programme.
Omschrijving Populist parties have been successful agents of discontent across Europe. They have profoundly reshaped European party systems, parliaments, and even entered several national governments. Viewing populism as both a symptom of multi-faceted legitimacy crises in European liberal democracies as well as an independent factor fostering such crises, the seminar analyzes significant country cases in their contexts, draws systematic comparisons, and examines various explanations for populists’ rise.


The course familiarizes students with cutting-edge research and engages with innovative qualitative as well as quantitative research approaches to the study of populist politics in contemporary Europe. This includes a broadened inter-disciplinary perspective responding to the recent “cultural turn” in populism research. In so doing, the course also explores the role of changing political cultures and “culture wars” in the horizon of a restructured public sphere reshaped by social media and “fake news”. Moreover, special attention is paid to the impact of populist parties in the policy-making process and as agents in government.

After completing this course, students will: 1) have developed a good analytical understanding of populism, populist parties, and factors contributing to populist parties’ electoral and political performances in different party systems; 2) be able to distinguish and employ various theoretical models and methodological approaches to the study of populist politics and governments in Europe, and comparative politics at large; 3) be familiar with contemporary issues as well as politico-cultural and systemic similarities and differences shaping/being shaped by populist actors, parties, and governments in Europe; 4) have developed independent, critical academic research and thinking skills and will be able to link them to current academic debates, topics, and comparative research on populist politics, party system change, and governments in Europe—and beyond.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
(Seminar starts in week 2)
Toetsvorm presentatie, schriftelijk tentamen, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator A.V. Favero, PhD.
Docent(en) A.V. Favero, PhD.
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the master IR.
Opmerkingen Students have to complete two research seminars. See for more information the ‘brochure research seminars’ available on the Online Study Guide Master IR https://student.portal.rug.nl/infonet/studenten/let/programmes/ma-irio/. It is not possible to register for a Research Seminar via Progress. You should submit your preferences for your Research Seminars from Monday 22 August 2022 12.00 hrs (noon) until Wednesday 31 August 2022 23.59 hrs (see enrolment form).

The IR department will do the utmost to place you in your preferred research seminars, but because of scheduling and overall availability of places in the research seminars we cannot guarantee you will be placed in your first choice.

After you have submitted your preferences, you will be registered in Progress for your Research Seminars before 10 September. Research Seminars start in the week of 12 September.
For this course attendance is mandatory.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 4 semester I verplicht
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  ( International Relations and International Organization) 1 semester I keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  (European Politics in a Global Perspective) 1 semester I keuze