Hungary, Budapest

The Political Psychology of Populism - a CEU summer course

when 4 July 2016 - 13 July 2016
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 550

Political psychology is the study of political behaviour of individuals and groups in the context of what we know about human psychological characteristics. It is a discipline at the intersection of political science and psychology and includes research on various topics, such as the formation and change of political attitudes and ideologies and how these relate to political behaviour (e.g. voting or political participation more broadly), the formation of group identities and intergroup conflict, including nationalism and extremism, ethnic identities, gender roles and many other essential and problematic areas of our social and political existence. All of these topics concern the attitudes, ideas and belief systems – ideologies – that people hold and which thus structure political behaviour.

The substantive focus of this specific course is a political issue that has pressing importance in our days, all across Europe and the Americas: populism. Our first aim is to introduce students to a quickly developing field of research, that of studying how a preference for populist and anti-politics discourses can be understood at a psychological level, mostly, but not exclusively, through the use of surveys and experiments. Second, we wish to help developing students' research skills by providing room for hands-on activities where participants engage with designing and carrying on research on such topics using the methods taught in the course. Third, we also intend to continue growing the political psychology and populism research communities in CEE, giving participants a chance to interact with top-level scholars in these areas, from Europe and America. The course features seminars on methods and substantive topics on populism, round table discussions on publishing and grant writing, practical research design and implementation workshops, students' own project presentations, and a day with lecture and workshop specifically on policy implications, to help students who are looking for ways to see their research have a direct impact on politics and decision-making.

FACULTY

Nebojša Blanuša, Department of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia
Ryan Carlin, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University, Atlanta, United States
Zsolt Enyedi, Department of Political Science, CEU, Budapest, Hungary
Kirk Hawkins, Department of Political Science, Brigham Young University, Provo, United States
Erin Jenne, International Relations and European Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Jennifer McCoy, Department of Political Science, Georgia State University, Atlanta, United States
Matthew Singer, Department of Political Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs, United States

Course leader

Levente Littvay, Department of Political Science / Doctoral School of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Target group

The course is primarily targeted at graduate students, junior researchers, policy analysts, educational researchers, government officials, and faculty members with experience in Social Sciences, especially the fields of Political Science and Psychology. Undergraduates without a university degree will not be considered.

Course aim

The substantive focus of this specific course is a political issue that has pressing importance in our days, all across Europe
and the Americas: populism. Our first aim is to introduce students to a quickly developing field of research, that of studying
how a preference for populist and anti-politics discourses can be understood at a psychological level, mostly, but not
exclusively, through the use of surveys and experiments. Second, we wish to help developing students' research skills by
providing room for hands-on activities where participants engage with designing and carrying on research on such topics
using the methods taught in the course. Third, we also intend to continue growing the political psychology and populism
research communities in CEE, giving participants a chance to interact with top-level scholars in these areas, from Europe
and America.

Credits info

2 ECTS
Our courses offer ECTS points, which may be accepted for credit transfer by the participants' home universities. Those who wish to obtain these credits should inquire about the possible transfer at their home institution prior to their enrollment.

Fee info

EUR 550: payable until May 28, 2016
EUR 500: The early bird fee option is available until April 30, 2016

Scholarships

Financial aid is available in the following categories:
• tuition waiver
• accommodation grant
• travel grant (full or partial)

To read more: http://summeruniversity.ceu.edu/sites/default/files/course_files/application_files/Fin%20info%20-%202%20wee