Course Title: Extreme Right Since 1945

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Extreme Right Since 1945

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Eric Porter

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1011

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 6, Room 28

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Understanding of the Extreme Right is generally guided by narrow, moralistic stereotypes projected by the media. This course aims at a dispassionate, in-depth investigation of the Extreme Right that examines the complexities of ideas, the social groups represented, the cultural meaning of participation, and the psychology of members and supporters. The principal focus is the Extreme Right as an expression of western, liberal capitalist society. The course emphasises interpretation, concentrating upon original documents in an endeavour to identify the assumptions and values that undergird the ideas and practices of different groups on the Extreme Right.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this course, you will be able to:

  • identify the main Extreme Right ideas and a range of ways that they are interpreted;
  • assess critically the factors that make the Extreme Right attractive to particular sectors of western society;
  • interpret the values that characterise extreme right-wing culture as expressed through ideas and practices;
  • evaluate common gender roles and variants in a variety of Extreme Right groups and ideas,
  • contextualise right-wing activities, tracing the underlying motivations and objectives of violence and protest, separatism and mainstream activism.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn principally through a combination of lectures, smaller classes and in-class exercises and discussion, and assignments.

Overview of Learning Resources

You will need to obtain a prescribed text.

Overview of Assessment

You will be able to prepare assessment tasks with a total word length or equivalent of 4,000 words.