PO3FAR-The Far Right

Module Provider: School of Politics, Economics and International Relations
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Dr Daphne Halikiopoulou

Email: d.halikiopoulou@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

Far right parties are on the rise across Europe. Their shared populist rhetoric, emphasis on sovereignty and policies that promote a ‘national preference’ has facilitated the term ‘the new nationalism’. How may we explain this phenomenon? Is it driven by demand or supply-side dynamics? Are different European far right parties comparable? What are their similarities and differences? This course provides a broad overview of the theories and approaches to the study of the far right across Europe, focusing on the commonalities and differences in support for such parties across case and circumstance.


This course aims to analyse the demand and supply-side dimensions of far right party support across Europe. Specifically it aims to:


  • acquaint students with key terms such as far right, populism, radical right and the ‘new nationalism’;

  • enhance students’ understanding of the different political and international dimensions of the far right and the ‘new nationalism’;

  • provide students with the necessary theoretical and methodological tools to understand the current rise of far right parties by comparing across cases and across time

Assessable learning outcomes:

  • Ability to critically assess theories and approaches that explain far right party support

  • Ability to develop viable arguments about the rise of the far right

  • Capacity to nuance, unpack and conceptualize the various manifestations of far right politics and understand variation in terms of demand and supply depending on case specific circumstances

  • Ability to apply relevant theoretical materials on case studies  

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Additional outcomes:

Outline content:

  1. Introduction- welcome to the course and broad overview of definitions and approaches

  2. What is the Far Right?

  3. Theories of Support: Demand

  4. Theories of Support: Supply

  5. The Far Right historically: Fascism

  6. Enhancement week: Movie (‘American History X’ and ‘Hannah Arendt’)

  7. The Far Right in Northern Europe

  8. The Far Right in Southern Europe

  9. The Far Right in Eastern Europe

  10. Extreme Right Groups and Grass Roots Movements

  11. Other Forms of Political Extremism: The Far Left

Global context:

As above.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

  • A set of ten lectures

  • A weekly seminar

  • Student presentations and directed discussions during the weekly seminar

  • One essay worth 40% of the overall mark

  • Individual consultations with lecturer.

  • Independent study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10 1
Seminars 15
Guided independent study: 139 15 20
Total hours by term 164 15 21
Total hours for module 200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 30
Written assignment including essay 40
Project output other than dissertation 20
Oral assessment and presentation 10

Summative assessment- Examinations:

1 three hour exam in the summer term. The exam will consist of 10 questions, students must answer three. This examination carries a weighting of 30% of the overall module mark.

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

In addition to the summer term examination, the following forms of assessment apply to this module:

  1. A 1000 word project report on a case of nationalism will be due on the Friday of Week 6 (20%).

  2. Students will write one 3000 word essay due on the last Thursday of term (40%).

  3. Students are expected to attend and participate in class throughout the duration of the module. Overall participation and engagement will be assessed, and will count for 10% of the overall mark.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:


Reassessment arrangements:

Re-examination in August/September.

(ii)                 Coursework:  any formally assessed coursework over the 40% threshold will be carried forward unless a student opts to re-submit this element as well as taking the examination. Any coursework with a mark of less than 40% should be re-submitted. In both cases the deadline for re-submission is 1 August.

Students are allowed to resubmit coursework on the same topic as for a previous attempt, and coursework which had previously been submitted late can be re-submitted for a second attempt.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

Last updated: 4 April 2020


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