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CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT

CODE 104970
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 11161 SCIENZE DELL'AMMINISTRAZIONE E DELLA POLITICA (L-16) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/02
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course explores the main problems of the contemporary political-philosophical debate. The object of study are the authors' analyses concerning political power, its characters, forms and protagonists.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course explores the main problems of contemporary political-philosophical debate. At the end of the course, the student will have acquired the ability to critically interpret the debate on the most relevant aspects of politics and to infer elements of continuity and discontinuity with current affairs.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the end of the course, the student will have acquired the ability to critically interpret the debate on the most relevant aspects of politics and to infer elements of continuity and discontinuity with current affairs.

    TEACHING METHODS

    The teaching involves 54 hours (equivalent to 9 CFUs).

    The course will be held in a blended mode, i.e., in-person, but with concurrent lecture delivery via the Teams platform (code: zaijfex)

     

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Themes, problems and authors of Contemporary Political Thought, with a particular focus on Mosca, Weber, Luxemburg, Gramsci, Potter Webb, Dewey, Weil, Kelsen, Schmitt, Morgenthau, Arendt, Aron, Wight, and Rawls.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Suggested readings

    1) Handbook:

    - R. Gherardi (ed.), La politica e gli Stati. Problemi e figure del pensiero occidentale, Roma, Carocci Editore, 2022 (First section, chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12; second section: Mosca, Weber, Luxemburg, Gramsci, Potter Webb, Dewey, Weil, Kelsen, Schmitt, Morgenthau, Arendt, Aron, Wight, Rawls)

    2) One of the following text at student’s choice:

    - H. Arendt, Le origini del totalitarismo.
    - E. Canetti, Massa e potere.
    - W. Lippmann, L’opinione pubblica.
    - J. Ortega y Gasset, La ribellione delle masse.
    - G. Le Bon, Psicologia delle folle.

    3) One of the following text at student’s choice:

    - N. Urbinati, Io, il popolo. Come il populismo trasforma la democrazia, Bologna, il Mulino, 2019.
    - Y. Mény, Popolo ma non troppo. Il malinteso democratico, Bologna, il Mulino, 2019.

    4) One of the following text at student’s choice:

    - R. Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451.
    - A. Huxley, Il nuovo mondo.
    - G. Orwell, 1984.
    - G. Orwell, La fattoria degli animali.

    5) Students not attending the course should also add this text:

    - K. R. Popper, Le fonti della conoscenza e dell’ignoranza, Bologna, il Mulino, 2000.

     

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    13th February 2023

    Timetable

    Monday: 8.00-10.00 am

    Wednesday: 2.00-4.00 pm

    Friday: 8.00-10.00 am

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam is aimed at assessing the acquired skills by the students in analysing the political ideas and political theories dealing with peace and war from a critical perspective and in using them in comprehending contemporary world politics.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    22/12/2022 10:30 GENOVA Orale
    12/01/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale
    26/01/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale
    25/05/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale
    15/06/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale
    13/07/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale
    13/09/2023 10:30 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students with certification of DSA (Special educational needs), disability or other special educational needs are advised to contact both the contact person Prof. Aristide Canepa (aristide.canepa@unige.it) and the lecturer at the beginning of the course to agree on teaching and examination modalities that, while respecting the teaching objectives, take into account individual learning patterns and provide suitable compensatory tools.