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EUST3111: Political Extremism in Europe

Contemporary Europe is marked by political extremism, notably the increased legitimation of far- to extreme-right party families at national and European levels, and Islamist terrorism. However, many, even most, of these movements have emerged from longstanding activist or intellectual traditions. Moreover, political extremism has not always been confined to the right: radical left movements have also marked contemporary European history. In this unit we study these various political extremisms, and responses by national governments and the European Union.

Code EUST3111
Academic unit European Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in European Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate an understanding of the contemporary history of political extremisms in Europe
  • LO2. Critique the different understandings and uses of the term 'populism' in contemporary European politics
  • LO3. Evaluate the various taxonomies of political extremisms and party families in Europe
  • LO4. Produce a gendered analysis of political extremisms
  • LO5. Critically engage with cinematic narratives of European extremisms

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