Populism and Higher Education Curriculum Development: Problem Based Learning as a Mitigating Response

  • Romeo V. Turcan
  • John E. Reilly

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Populism in Globalized World

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. Samuel Rachlin
      Pages 115-145
    3. Rt Hon Bruce George, OBE
      Pages 147-158
  4. Problem Based Learning as a Mitigating Response

  5. Problem-Based Learning Supporting Global Agendas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Sofia Daskou, Nikolaos Tzokas
      Pages 313-345
    3. Kim Malmbak Møller, Mads Lauridsen, Jeppe Spedtsberg
      Pages 347-367
    4. Kenneth Mølbjerg Jørgensen, David M. Boje
      Pages 369-391
  6. Concluding Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 421-421
    2. John E. Reilly, Romeo V. Turcan
      Pages 423-441
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 443-446

About this book


This book explores the extent to which populism and the populist agenda is influencing curriculum content and learning methods in higher education. Against a background of increasing inequalities and a rising tide of nationalism and populism, this book raises concerns that populism – and its various manifestations – represents a grave challenge to learning. Using problem based learning as a case study, the editors and contributors draw on a range of cross-disciplinary studies from various regions to examine how regional, national and organizational perspectives emphasise different aspects of PBL. In doing so, they question whether PBL provides an effective response to external influences, or offers a counter force to a ‘populist’ higher education agenda. Has the learner become the centre of the process, or are they simply a reflection of the external forces shaping curriculum? This book will appeal to scholars of problem based learning, as well as populism and the role of higher education in society. ​

Romeo V. Turcan is Professor of International Entrepreneurship and Organization Studies at the Department of Business Studies at Aalborg University, Denmark. His main research interests relate to cross-disciplinary organisation theory building, legitimation of new sectors and new ventures. 

John E. Reilly is a higher education consultant with wide European and international experience. He is a member of the UK Bologna Experts team, having full understanding of the Bologna process and the European Commission modernization agenda.


Populism Problem Based Learning PBL Higher Education Curriculum Development Curriculum Studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Romeo V. Turcan
    • 1
  • John E. Reilly
    • 2
  1. 1.Aalborg University Business SchoolAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Higher Education ConsultantUniversity of KentKentUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-47375-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-47376-1
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