SOC286 Populism and Authoritarianism

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 9 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Dr. Werner Binder (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
prof. PhDr. Ladislav Rabušic, CSc.
Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Ing. Soňa Enenkelová
Supplier department: Department of Sociology - Faculty of Social Studies
Thu 18:00–19:40 U35
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 40 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 5/40, only registered: 0/40, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/40
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
What’s wrong with “the people”? Since the invention of democracy, we can observe the rise and fall of populisms and authoritarianisms. But what exactly makes a democracy populistic or authoritarian? And under what circumstances do populist and authoritarian sentiments and movements gain strength? This course tackles the sociological as well as the political problem of populism and authoritarianism discussing classical and contemporary authors. In order to complete the course, all participants have – among other things – to submit a final paper examining populist and authoritarian phenomena in different national contexts empirically.
  • I Organizational meeting II Diabolic Politics and Charismatic Authority III Polis and Character IV The Authoritarian Personality V Origins of Totalitarianism: Anti-Islamism and Nationalism VI Origins of Totalitarianism: Authoritarianism Reading week VIII Civil and Uncivil Discourses IX Populism X Media, New Media and Public Opinion XI Authoritarianism, Values and Patriarchy XII Authoritarian Narratives and Public Discourse XIII Authoritarian Images
  • MÜLLER, Jan-Werner. What is populism? Philadelphia: Penn, University of Pennsylvania press, 2016. 123 stran. ISBN 9780812248982. info
  • TAGGART, Paul A. Populism. Philadelphia: Open University Press, 2000. 128 p. ISBN 0335200451. info
  • STONE, W F, G LEDERER and R CHRISTIE. Strength and Weakness. The Authoritarian Personality Today. New York: Springer-Verlag, 1993. info
  • ARENDT, Hannah. The origins of totalitarianism. Cleveland: World Publishing Company, 1958. xv, 520 s. info
  • ADORNO, T W, E FRENKEL-BRUNSWIK, D J LEVINSON and R N SANFORD. „The authoritarian personality.“ Studies in Prejudice Series. [online]: American Jewish Committee, 1950. URL info
Assessment methods
Participation in class (10%), presentation or book review (20%), written proposal (20%), final paper (50%)
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The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2017, Spring 2018.
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