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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 2018|
|June 15- July 15, 2018|
|Estimated Program Fee||$5,450|
|Credits||10 UW credits|
|Program Directors||Christopher Sebastian Parker; Sebastian Mayer; Manuela Mangold|
|Program Manager||Katherine Kroeger | firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 31, 2018|
|Information Sessions||TBD. Contact Program Director for more information.|
|General||Using Germany and the US as exemplars, this program will introduce students to the causes and consequences of the resurgence of reactionary movements in Europe and the US. Along the way, students will learn the differences between populism, facism, etc.|
|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 capitol of Germany. Not only is Berlin the social and political Capitol of Germany, it also served as the heart of the Third Reich, perhaps the most well-known right-wing movement in the past century. At present, the Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) is the chief political threat on the German right.
Humboldt University, in Berlin, will serve as home base. UW has a long-standing arrangement with Humboldt. This program will plug into the American Studies program (at Humboldt), and will be furnished with classroom space, and access to the internet.
Reichstag (parliament), Berlin Wall (e.g., Checkpoint “C”), Dresden (site of AfD)
Die Fabrik hostel has been a reliable location for programs of Honors and CHID in the past few years. The location is in a diverse neighbor in the district of Kreuzberg. Students take public transportation to Humboldt, which has worked out well in the past. Payments can be done by credit card and wire tranfer. Die Fabrik can be paid in advance.
10 UW 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 for a long 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 for a long time. From a more pedagogical perspective, students will have a firm grasp on the political similarities and differences between the US and Europe.
Christopher Sebastian Parker is a professor in the department of political science at the University of Washington. A graduate of UCLA and the University of Chicago, Parker also served in the United States Navy. He is the author of Change They Can’t Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America (Princeton University Press, 2013), and Fighting for Democracy: Black Veterans and the Struggle Against White Supremacy in the Postwar South (Princeton University Press, 2009). He resides in Seattle.
Sebastian Mayer is a PhD student in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his B.A. in American Studies from Heidelberg University, Germany. His research interests include American Politics and Comparative Politics, especially the topics of political polarization, political impact of social movements, and minority politics.
Manuela holds a diploma in Fine Arts from the Academy of Fine Arts in Dresden and a bachelor’s degree in American Studies and History from the Humboldt University of Berlin. Starting in 2008, she began working at CSSP – Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation as an advisor to the Honorary President and former Minister for Post and Telecommunications, Prof. Dr. Schwarz-Schilling. In December 2011, she joined the board of directors at CSSP in Berlin. She was a coordinator for the “German–Israeli Young Researchers’ Exchange on Diversity” program, June 2013- July 2015. In Dec. 2015, she finished a one-year training program as a mediator. Manuela has worked as a program organizer, consultant, and instructor for the University of Washington in the Honors Program and CHID International for the past 9 years.
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