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Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

This course will provide an in-depth analysis of a European party family which is growing in electoral support as well as political influence. Individual countries and parties will be covered, as well as key concepts such as fascism, racism, xenophobia and populism. Students will also be familiarised with different theoretical approaches explaining the growth of extreme right parties, and responses from the political environment. The course will be beneficial to future study and work in a wide range of areas and contexts, and has relevance to social and political challenges such as integration, internationalisation, globalisation and social cohesion.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Anders Widfeldt

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of International Relations (IR) (Studied) or Politics (PI) (Studied) or MA European Studies (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

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 definitions 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 country-by-country coverage as well as broadly comparative and conceptual themes.

Further Information & Notes

Available only to students in Politics OR International Relations degrees.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Two continuous assessment essays of 4000 words (each 50% = 100%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Extensive written feedback on continuous assessment.

Course Learning Outcomes


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