Le Grand Syllabus 2016/2017
Teachers : Megan BROWN (Graduate student, teaching fellow). Pedagogical format : Seminar Course Description : From its interwar origins, associated with fascist expansion and a Nazi dream of Mittelafrika, to Nicolas Sarkozy's 2007 invocation to an audience in Dakar of “the advent of Eurafrique, that great common destiny awaiting Europe and Africa,” the term Eurafrica has embodied an incredible range of meanings in the eyes of the myriad advocates employing the term. This course examines the policy (or ideology) of Eurafrica through a series of thematic analyses and case studies : interwar claims that the African continent was the “natural extension” of Europe ; postwar French advocacy of a Eurafrican policy binding the French Union to emerging European institutions and the concurrent embrace of the term by African leaders such as Léopold Senghor ; 1970s policies of development aid and trade preference negotiated between integrated European institutions and independent African states ; and contemporary debates about European ﬁnancial and military intervention in Africa as a counterpoint to “American-style” intervention. In analyzing versions of Eurafrica, students will gain insight into the continuities of European-African relations and interrogate how various actors embraced or problematized such connections within the wider historical context of the 20th and early 21st centuries. Required reading : to be deﬁned.
ticular focus on populist and anti-establishment politics. The focus of the class will be on the comparative analysis of the causes and manifestations of radical right populism across different nations and political contexts. The course shall introduce students to theories explaining individual and contextual conditions facilitating (and inhibiting) far right mobilization and political success. With regard to academic skills, the focus will be on comparing and synthesizing different theories, critically assessing the merits of theoretical and empirical studies, posing new research questions and deducing testable hypotheses. The ﬁrst sessions of the class shall provide the theoretical and analytical tools necessary to tackle the panorama of US and European far right and populism. In addition, the course aims at mapping parties and social movements across countries, investigating their ideological features, historical origins and the patterns of opportunity structures that led to their emergence. The course will make extensive reference to ongoing and past academic debates, as well as to journalistic reports, documentaries and political debates in the observed countries. Finally, the course shall also provide students with awareness on the different research designs and methodological techniques to study complex phenomena such as the far right, including comparative analyses of electoral support, qualitative and quantitative frame analyses, in-depth interviewing and ethnographic observation. For this reason, each class will have a short session dedicated to debating methodological issues emerging from the readings and students' presentations. As a ﬁnal assignment of the course, students have to produce a small research project (2.500 words max.) based on the theories, cases and methodologies they have learnt throughout the class. The idea is to develop a personal research question and to assemble a number of documents, data and other sources on the subject, as well as a detailed outline explaining how the project is to be carried out. By the end of the course, students are expected to master the main conceptual and theoretical issues concerning far right politics, they shall be able to recognize the advantages and disadvantages of different methodologies for the study of political extremism, and they shall be conﬁdent with at least two country cases, in Europe or abroad. More in detail, in order to pass the class students have to show that they :
FAR RIGHT AND POPULIST POILITICS IN EUROPE AND THE US
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language