DWA 236 Ideology at the Extremes

This course examines the theoretical roots, ideological expressions, and political manifestations of these tumultuous phenomena. Focusing mostly on the European experience of the late 19th through the 20th century, we will read primary texts and historical accounts pertaining to the rise and development of nationalism, communism, and fascism. Readings will cover both the national and international aspects of these movements, and explore their political, cultural, and economic programs. What will also be of particular interest is how these often competing and clashing political programs sprang from similar and, at times, common roots. Ultimately, this course will ask students to consider what the study of such ideologies has to offer for the analysis of contemporary extremism.

Credits

4 units

Core Requirements Met

  • Regional Focus