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Nationalism and Democracy


Credits: 4 ECTS

Second semester

Elective Courses




As the world tries to come to terms with the strong showing of far right parties in a growing number of countries, nationalism and populism are once again at the forefront of public discussion. The aim of this timely course is to provide an introduction to key conceptual and normative debates on nationalism and populism in the broader framework of the much-talked-about decline of liberal democratic regimes. Some of the questions that will be addressed in this context are: Is nationalism resurgent, or are we witnessing the emergence of a new type of (populist) nationalism? How do nationalism and populism feed off and into each other? What lies behind the appeal of anti-immigrant, anti-globalist movements? Do the electoral successes of far right parties signal the end of liberal democracy as we know it?


The assessment is based on the students’ active participation in lectures and seminars (20%), two written assignments: (a) one response paper (30%) and (b) one final paper (50%).

Participation (20%)

To obtain full credit for participation, students should attend the classes; complete the weekly reading material before coming to class; take part in class discussions. Please note that your physical presence in all classes does not guarantee full credit if you do not actively contribute to discussions.

Response Papers (30%)

To be submitted electronically to the instructor. 1000 words long (double space, times new roman). The response paper should critically engage with a theme that will be covered during the course.

Final Paper (50%).

To be submitted electronically to the instructor. 3000 words long (double space, times new roman). The final paper should be a theoretically informed case study of your choice (subject to prior consent by the course coordinator). 

Competences, learning outcomes and teaching activities (PDF)