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PL30880: The rise of the far right: from the margins to the mainstream

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2019/0
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 33%, EX 67%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 33%)
  • Exam (EX 67%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take PL30865
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
Over the last twenty years one of the most significant and controversial developments in European politics has been the electoral rise of far-right parties. Although Jean-Marie and Marine Le Pen's Front National and the late Jorg Haider's Austrian Freedom party have grabbed most of the headlines, the success of extreme right parties is not just confined to France and Austria. From Scandinavia to the Mediterranean States and from the Benelux countries to the post-communist states, the extreme right has made electoral inroads in recent years. Even in the UK the British National Party has enjoyed some unprecedented success in local, European and national elections.
Drawing on both a comparative and case-study approach the aim of this unit is to unravel the complex world of this extreme right phenomenon in contemporary Europe. It examines where and why extreme right parties have made electoral progress, looks at the controversial nature of their policies and asks why people vote for such parties.

Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this unit, the successful student will be able to demonstrate the following:
1. A critical understanding of key theoretical definitions e.g., 'extreme right', 'far-right', 'radical right' etc.
2. A critical appreciation of the historical role of fascist and extreme right politics and how it has shaped the contemporary political debate surrounding the rise of extreme right parties in contemporary Europe.
3. The ability to synthesise in detail where and why extreme right parties have made electoral progress across Europe in recent years.
4. A knowledge of the policies and issues espoused by Europe's extreme right parties and an awareness of the differences that exist between them in terms of general outlook and policy.
5. A critical understanding of the major theoretical interpretations/arguments put forward to account for the rise of extreme right parties in contemporary Europe.

Skills:
Skills in critical analysis, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, effective communication, teamwork and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are developed and assessed in this unit.

Content:

* The extreme right and the link to the historical past
* Theoretical interpretations and explanations of the extreme right
* The electoral rise of the extreme right parties in contemporary Europe
* The policies, issues and voters of contemporary extreme Right parties
* The mainstreaming of the extreme right
* The extreme right within an EU context
* The extreme right in contemporary Europe: a case study approach.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL30880 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Economics
  • UHES-AFB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics (Year 3)
  • UHES-AAB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UHES-AKB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHES-ACB01 : BSc(Hons) Economics and Politics with Combined Placement and Study Abroad (Year 4)
Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB13 : BA(Hons) French and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB12 : BA(Hons) German and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB16 : BA(Hons) Italian ab initio and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB14 : BA(Hons) Italian and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB08 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB09 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB05 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and German) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB04 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB18 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB06 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB07 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB02 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB23 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (German and Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB20 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (Spanish and ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB22 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (Spanish and ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB19 : BA(Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (Spanish and Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB15 : BA(Hons) Russian ab initio and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AYB17 : BA(Hons) Spanish and Politics with Year Abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations (Year 3)
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Year long work placement (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 3)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 4)

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