Theory and Practice of the New Populism: From Brexit and Trump to Jeremy Corbyn

Live Online & Interactive Seminar (October)

Instructor: James Smith, PhD

Course Description: This course explores the populist parties and causes of the right and left that are breaking out across the west right now. Why should right-wing insurgencies such as Brexit and Trump have coincided with new hopes for the left? How can we as thinkers navigate the twin demands of theoretical and intellectual rigour, and political urgency, today?

Schedule and Meeting Times: Sessions are held on Friday afternoons, EST.

  • From Recession to Digital Capitalism: We get our theoretical bearings and ask, why is populism working now?
  • Right-wing Variations: What forms is the right taking in order to thrive in this new environment, and how do we beat them?
  • Surviving Victory: What happens when insurgent populist parties win elections… and what does that tell us about democracy? Learning lessons from Syriza and Trump.
  • “Oh Jeremy Corbyn”: How did Britain go from being a country thought of as uniquely inhospitable to the left and revolution, to the international left’s new focus of hope? Dr Smith speaks from his experience as a Labour Party campaigner during both the failed social democratic election campaign under Ed Miliband in 2015, and the shockingly successful avowedly socialist one under Corbyn this year.

(Friday 13th October) 4pm London Time

(Friday 20th October) 4 pm London Time

(Friday 27th October) 4 pm London Time

Be Challenged: This course is live and interactive; it's not a MOOC.

You can take it just for enrichment or you can take it Pass/Fail. If you pass the course you will receive 1 Silver GCAS token. For more information check-out our GCAS Currency and Token page. In addition to a school we're starting to build an economy based on knowledge and ideas not on profits. Join us!

To pass the course, you will need to respond in the class forum at least 2 times between lectures or sessions (see schedule below). Each time must be at least 150 words. You may respond to the lecture or respond to someone else's response. This helps create important conversations inside the online classroom. Additionally, you may also write a blog post (no more than 1,000 words) about the course. If we publish it, you will receive an additional 1 GCAS Silver Token (2 maximum GCAS Silver Tokens per course).

Although we strongly encourage you to attend the lectures live online in our Platform (see below for how to join) it's not required for you to pass the course. You just have to view the recordings, which will be uploaded inside the course in your GCAS E-School virtual classroom.

How to Join:

We use the very simple on-line platform: Big Blue Button (BBB).

Here’s how you join: click on the Big Blue Button link. (http://gcas.blindsidenetworks.net/gcas/)

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Select your course name (which will be put-up on BBB)

Password: researcher505

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We recommend that you have a good to very good internet connection (this is crucial so you can fully experience the interactions between you and other participants (we call them researchers) and the instructor.

Your Instructor

James Smith, PhD
James Smith, PhD

James (or J.A.) Smith, PhD lectures at the Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Samuel Richardson and the Theory of Tragedy , as well as numerous articles on literature, politics, and cultural criticism. He has been writing in Corbyn’s defence since shortly after Corbyn’s election as leader of the Labour Party in 2015. Smith’s study of politics in the west today, Other People’s Politics , will be published next year.

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