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POL3108 : The Politics of the Far Right in Europe (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Mr Philip Daniels
  • Owning School: Geography, Politics & Sociology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims:

1.       To give students an understanding of the historical origins, political appeal and sociological profile of the contemporary European far right;
2.       To introduce students to the principal conceptual frameworks and theoretical perspectives for understanding the European far right;
3.       To encourage students to apply comparative frameworks to the analysis of the European far right.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module provides an in-depth, comparative analysis of the European far right. The initial lectures address the development of European party systems and the origin of the far right group of political families. This will introduce students to the various conceptual frameworks for the analysis of different types of far right parties and movements. The historical background will include case studies of early post- World War Two far right parties. The analysis of the contemporary European far right will examine the ideas and ideologies of these parties and the social profiles of supporters. This part of the syllabus will address salient issues for the far right such as historical revisionism, Euro-scepticism and anti-immigration discourses. The remaining lectures will examine the most prominent far right parties and movements across Europe

Indicative topics include:

•       Development of European party systems: political cleavages and mass politics
•       Party types and parliamentary and extra-parliamentary movements of the far right
•       Historical antecedents of the European far right (e.g. Poujadists, Italian Social Movement)
•       Ideology and ideas of key thinkers of the far right
•       Sociology of far right political support
•       Case studies (including France, Italy, UK, Austria, Germany)

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery22:004:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Student contact hours will consist primarily of a combination of lectures and seminars. The lectures introduce students to the key conceptual frameworks, theoretical perspectives and individual case studies. The seminars are organised to encourage student participation, to explore and clarify key issues and ideas, and to develop oral communication skills. A key focus of seminars will be the application of cross-national comparative perspectives to the case studies.
Students will be required to undertake independent study in preparation for seminars, the assessed essay and the written examination. Students will be encouraged to develop reading, writing and critical-analytical skills through engagement with a variety of sources in preparation for the essay assessment and the written examination. Planning and organisational skills are developed throughout the module

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50Essay style examination
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M502,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

A mix of assessment methods will be used to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the key concepts and political issues in the study of the contemporary European far right.

The essay will assess the student’s ability to apply conceptual and theoretical perspectives to individual case studies and to employ comparative political analysis. In addition, it will assess the student’s capacity for independent research, planning and organisation, critical-analysis and effective writing and argument..

The unseen written examination will assess the student’s knowledge, understanding and critical analysis of various dimensions of the European far right. The examination paper will be designed to ensure that students cannot repeat material from the essay assessment and the format of questions will require students to have a broad knowledge of the curriculum.

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