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Politics: What Is Populism? And Why Is It Important? With Dr Christoph Arndt From University of Reading

March 31 @ 15:35 - 16:20



The session will begin with an introduction of populism as a concept within political science, including an overview of different variants and understandings of populism.

Students will learn about the origins of populism and examples of early populist parties/movements in Western democracies. They will further get insights as to whether populism is on the rise? And if so why is that?

We will conclude with a discussion of whether populism is good or bad for democracy (or maybe both?). The session will combine some shorter presentations with active discussions with sixth form students.


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Christoph Arndt


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


Suitable for: All Year 12 and Year 13, and equivalent, students who are studying, or interested in studying, Politics. Please join as a student group or as individual students and teachers.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: Students may wish to consider the topic and questions they might like to ask or thoughts/ideas they would like to share.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



March 31
15:35 - 16:20