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210063 SE BAK11: European Union and Europeanisation (2021W)

Illiberal democracy in the EU

6.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 21 - Politikwissenschaft
Continuous assessment of course work
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Details

max. 50 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Tuesday 05.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4
Tuesday 12.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4
Tuesday 19.10. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4
Tuesday 09.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4
Tuesday 16.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4
Tuesday 23.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4
Tuesday 30.11. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4
Tuesday 07.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4
Tuesday 14.12. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4
Tuesday 11.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4
Tuesday 18.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4
Tuesday 25.01. 18:30 - 20:00 Hörsaal D Unicampus Hof 10 Hirnforschungzentrum Spitalgasse 4

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course looks at the phenomenon of the rise of illiberalism and illiberal democracy in EU member states. It traces the roots of the ongoing illiberal trend by highlighting the paradoxes and tensions of liberal democracy; as well as the recent transformations of socio-political conflicts in Europe, and analyses its effects on EU governance and EU integration.

By the end of this course, students are expected to:
• Demonstrate in-depth understanding of illiberal trends and their interlinkages with broader socio-political and economic developments in Europe.
• Demonstrate appropriate cognitive, communicative and transferable skills, including understanding complex concepts and theories, exercising critical judgement; making effective oral and written presentations, utilizing specialist primary and secondary sources, and deepening the capacity for independent learning
• Write essays with a coherent argument that are referenced in accordance with established academic practice

Assessment and permitted materials

Final Essay (40%)
Other written and oral assignments (40%)
Participation in class (20 %)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

The grade will be based on the following criteria:

Summary of assigned readings ahead of every session

Submission of a final essay
[In order to be marked with the highest grade (1) essays are required to exhibit a clear, academic, and relevant research question; a high degree of analytical skill of answering the research question; an excellent critical understanding of the relevant literature & evidence of wide reading around the question; the ability to develop a well, clear structured, and logical answer to the question and the ability to write according to the rules of standard English]

An oral, individual discussion of the essay (online or in person) with the course convenor after submission (10 minutes, summarizing the major arguments) might be requested in cases in which the line of argument of the essay is unclear

Oral assignment (presentation or group discussions depending on the final number of students)

Acting as a discussant for a colleagues presentation or discussion input

Acting as a peer reviewer of the draft essay of a colleague [Questions: What are the strengths of the essay? What are areas of improvement? Is the colleague in line with the guidelines for the essay given by the course convenor (e.g. correct citation, length, clear argument, and correct English…)?

Comments should be appropriate and constructive. Be respectful and considerate to your colleague. Make sure that your comments are clear and specific.]

Submission of each assignment (on time) is mandatory/a precondition to be marked positively.

Regular attendance is mandatory

Examination topics

Students are expected to engage with the inputs provided by the course convener and are required to engage independently with the literature in the field. The list of core readings below and the reading list for the teaching sessions provided in the syllabus offer a range of core readings whilst giving a flavor of the breadth and scope of the literature, but other additional sources are available. In preparation for coursework, students will need to supplement the readings listed by the course convener.

Reading list

Brubaker, R. 2017. Why populism?. Theor Soc 46, 357–385.

De Wilde, Pieter, Ruud Koopmans, Wolfgang Merkel, Oliver Strijbis and Michael Zürn, 2019. The Struggle Over Borders. Cosmopolitanism and Communitarianism. Cambridge: UP

Krastev, Ivan and Stephen Holmes. 2018. Explaining Eastern Europe: Imitation and Its Discontents." Journal of Democracy, 29:3, 117-128.

Mondon, A. and A. Winter. Reactionary Democracy. How Racism and the Populist Far Right Became Mainstream. London: Verso.

Sajó, András, Uitz, Renáta and Holmes, Stephen. 2021: Routledge Handbook of Illiberalism.

Vormann, B., & Weinman, M.D. 2020. The Emergence of Illiberalism: Understanding a Global Phenomenon. Routledge.

Wodak, Ruth. 2019. Entering the 'post-shame era': the rise of illiberal democracy, populism and neo-authoritarianism in EUrope. Global Discourse. 9. 195-213.

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