Sociological Theories of Populism - JSM579
Anglický název: Sociological Theories of Populism
Český název: Sociologické teorie populismu
Zajišťuje: Katedra sociologie (23-KS)
Fakulta: Fakulta sociálních věd
Platnost: od 2021
Semestr: zimní
E-Kredity: 8
Způsob provedení zkoušky: zimní s.:
Rozsah, examinace: zimní s.:1/1, Zk [HT]
Počet míst: 25 / 25 (25)
Minimální obsazenost: neomezen
4EU+: ne
Virtuální mobilita / počet míst pro virtuální mobilitu: ne
Stav předmětu: vyučován
Jazyk výuky: angličtina
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Způsob výuky: prezenční
Poznámka: předmět je možno zapsat mimo plán
povolen pro zápis po webu
Garant: Mgr. Tomáš Dvořák, Ph.D.
Vyučující: Mgr. Tomáš Dvořák, Ph.D.
Třída: Courses for incoming students
Termíny zkoušek   Rozvrh ZS   Nástěnka   
Anotace - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Tomáš Dvořák, Ph.D. (19.09.2023)
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This course provides an introduction to the main sociological theories of populism. The populist political phenomenon is analyzed from the point of view of the social dynamics of democracy and not only, as is the case with political science, from the point of view of institutional structures. The objective of this course, which is divided into lectures and seminars, is to provide the student with a sociological perspective on the transformations of democracy due to the pressure of populism. It will be analyzed main general theories (Germani, Laclau, Canovan), the contemporary theories of populism (Weyland, Mudde etc.) and also the most paradigmatic cases of populism, such as Latin American, Italian, European, will be discussed.
Podmínky zakončení předmětu - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Tomáš Dvořák, Ph.D. (07.09.2022)

Courses credits: 8 ECTS

Type of completion: Exam (Zk) (final essay evaluation & test) 

Assessment methods

Final essay (around 3000 words long) – 70 points max

Final test (last december lecture) - 30 points max

The evaluation criteria will be explained in the first lecture.

Grading system

91 % and more =>          A

81-90 %            =>         B

71-80 %            =>         C

61-70 %            =>         D

51-60 %            =>         E

0-50 %              =>          F (failed)

Literatura - angličtina
Poslední úprava: doc. PhDr. Zdeněk Uherek, CSc. (06.11.2023)

Arato A., Cohen J. L. 2021. Populism and Civil Society: The Challenge to Constitutional Democracy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Carlos de la Torre, Populism and Nationalism in Latin America, Public, 24(3):1-16 · July 2017

Gidron N, Bonikowski B. Varieties of Populism: Literature Review and Research Agenda, in Weatherhead Working Paper Series, No. 13-0004 ; 2013.

Manuel Anselmi, Populism and Quality of Democracy. Italy and Venezuela in Comparative Perspective, Etnografia e Ricerca Qualitativa, Il Mulino, 1/2015, January-April, pp. 35-54.

Manuel Anselmi, Populism. An Introduction. Routledge, 2017

Marco Tarchi (2015) Italy: the promised land of populism?, Contemporary Italian Politics, 7:3, 273-285,

Mazzoleni, G. (2008). Populism and the media. In D. Albertazzi & D. McDonnell (Eds.), Twenty-first century populism: The spectre of Western European democracy (pp. 49– 64). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Paul Blokker (2019). Constitutional Populism, a chapter from Routledge Handbook of Global Populism.

Greven, Thomas (2016) The Rise of Right-wing Populism in Europe and the United States. A Comparative Perspective, working paper.

Sylabus - angličtina
Poslední úprava: Mgr. Tomáš Dvořák, Ph.D. (07.09.2022)

1. Lecture 1: Course introduction

2. Lecture 2: Main theoretical approaches and conceptual frameworks

3. Lecture 3: Latin American populism 

4. Lecture 4: Classical theories of populism: Gino Germani, Torcuato di Tella

5. Lecture 5: Varieties of populism: Theory of Margaret Canovan

6. Lecture 6: The concept of ideology (Freeden)

7. Lecture 7: Populism as ideology I (Cas Mudde)

8. Lecture 8: Populism as ideology II (Paul Taggart)

9. Lecture 9: Populism as Strategy (Kurt Weyland)

10. Lecture 10: Populism as Discourse (Ernesto Laclau)

11. Lecture 11: Populism and technocracy

12. Lecture 12: Test