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Political Science Germany: "Has Trumpism gone Global?" (Outgoing Program)
- Locations: Berlin, Germany
- Program Terms: Summer A-Term
- Budget Sheets: Summer A-Term
|Academic Term||Summer A-Term|
|06/21/2019 - 07/21/2019|
|Estimated Program Fee||$6,310|
|Program Directors||Christopher Sebastian Parker | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sebastian Mayer email@example.com
|Program Manager||Katherine R Kroeger | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 31, 2019|
|Extended Deadline||February 15, 2019|
|Information Sessions||TBD - Please contact program directors for more information|
|General||Four-week program (Summer A-Term) in Berlin, Germany. The focus of the program is on reactionary movements in the US and Europe.|
|Visas||This country is part of the Schengen area. Note that there are strict rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area that may impact a student's ability to travel within the region before or after their program, or to attend two subsequent programs in this area. It is critical that the student reviews the information and scenarios here to learn more about Schengen area visa requirements.|
Has Trump gone global? In a word: yes. America isn't the only country in the West experiencing political upheaval. Recent events suggests something amiss in the West. With the election of Donald Trump in the US, and Brexit in Great Britain, politics in the West has taken on a reactionary mood, and these are only the places in which it's achieved a measure of success. Reactionary politics, a style of politics in which the historically dominant cultural group seeks a return to its past glory, seems to have also taken root in Austria, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, to name but a few other locales in which it's taken root. This seminar will examine why such politics are sweeping the West, but not before we learn about the history of such movements in the US and Europe. We then discuss competing theoretical explanations for these kinds of movements: populism, nationalism, facism, reactionary conservatism. What, in other words, explains the rise of Trump, as well as competitive right-wing movements in Europe? The course takes place in Berlin, the capital of Germany. Beyond it serving as the social and political center of the country, Berlin was heart of the Third Reich, perhaps the most well-known right-wing movement certainly of the 20th Century. At the present time, the Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) is the chief political threat on the German right. Humboldt University, Berlin will serve as home base. Moreover, being in Berlin allows direct access to many political institutions and actors. We will, among other things, visit with German elected officials, both at the federal and local level, take a tour of the Bundestag (German parliament building), and visit a government agency.
Students will stay at Hotel Meininger, right next to the main train station in Berlin. This allows for easy access to any means of public transportation, which makes getting around the city, as well as out-of-town trips, very convenient and easy. There will be two beds to a room, so students will share a room with another participant for the duration of the program. The Hotel includes a daily breakfast buffet, laundry service, a small communal kitchen, and a rooftop terrace.
No prerequisites or language requirements. We plan to visit some sites around Berlin and proximate environs, some of which will require walking longer distances.
10 UW Quarter Credits
In this course, we examine factors that resulted in Trump's surprising victory. Using the United States as an example, we go back in history to examine reactionary movements in historical context. We'll see what the Know-Nothing Party of the 1850s, the Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s, the John Birch Society of the 1960s, the Tea Party Movement, and Trump supporters all have in common. We will also explore why they share commonality. We shall read works that shed light on these things, and review evidence that authors use to support their clams.
Learning goals include:
Substantively, at the end of this course, students will better understand how someone like Trump can win the presidency. Students will also understand the forces that brought him to power aren't new; they've been around along time. From a more pedagogical perspective, students will have a firm grasp on how work in political science can be interdisciplinary.
Brexit, and the influence of reactionary parties who favor the cultural majority like Front National (France), Alternative for Deutschland (Germany), the Freedom Party (the Netherlands), and the Progress Party (Austria and Norway), make clear, that the right wing is alive and well in Europe. In this course, students will investigate the long-running roots of these parties in Europe, and how the politics of these parties may vary according to the nation in which they inhabit.
Learning goals include:
Substantively, at the end of this course, students will better understand the circumstances under which these parties have gained traction in recent years. Students will also understand the forces that brought them to power aren't new; they've been around along time. From a more pedagogical perspective, students will have a firm grasp on the political similarities and differences between the US and Europe.
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