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PI 4060 / PI 4560
THE EXTREME RIGHT IN WESTERN EUROPE
CREDIT POINTS 30

Course Co-ordinator: Dr A Widfeldt

Pre-requisite(s): PI3058/PI3558

Note(s): This course will be available in the first half-session of 2012/13 as PI4060.

The extreme right party family has grown in significance in recent decades. This growth has not been restricted to electoral support, but has also been noticeable in terms of legitimacy as well as direct and indirect political influence. The course will provide an in-depth understanding of extreme right parties. It will examine alternative definitons of extreme right parties, their ideology, their political impact, the reasons for their success and any possible links between the contemporary extreme right and traditional fascism. Key controversial concepts, such as racism, xenophobia and extremism will be scrutinised. The course will provide in-depth contry-by-country coverage as well as broadly comparative and conceptual themes.

1 two-hour lecture and 1 one-hour seminar per week,

1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (60%); 1 continuous assessment essay of 5000 words (40%).

Resit: Examination (100%)