|SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR||SPS/01|
This course will analyze the main forms and functions of political language: ideological function, communication aiming at persuasion, and communication aiming at finding common norms of justice. In the last part of the course we will analyze some exemplary speeches of political leaders.
The course aims at providing students with conceptual and applicative tools to analyse political language in the light of recent technological and communicative transformations. By the end of the course, students will have acquired an awareness of the main theories concerning political language, will have analysed in detail some political speeches representative of different approaches (through interactive lessons and exercises) and will have learned the basics of the debate on public reason.
Besides outlining the main models to understand political language, the course will also provide the conceptual tools to assess the validity of political debates, also appealing to the idea of public reason. In the last part of the course these conceptual instruments will be applied to some important cases of political discourses to assess their congruence and validity with respect to the criteria studied during the course.
At the end of the course each student will
Lectures in the first and second part, students’ seminars in the third part. In the first part, the course will provide the main conceptual tools to analyze political language, in the second part the course will deal with the philosophical theories of public reason and public debate. In the third part, the conceptual tools of the first two parts will be employed by the students to analyze, understand and deconstruct the structure and content of the proposed politicians’ speeches.
The course will be divided in three parts. The first part will deal with the main theories of political language and with the outline of its three main functions (expression of one's identity, persuasion, agreement on common rules of justice).
The second part will address the two main theories (by Habermas and Rawls) that propose a robust understanding of the third function of political language.
The third part of the course will be mainly seminar-based and will concern some important discourses of political actors. Possible speeches – to be agreed upon with the students – by Berlusconi, Grillo, Iotti, Mussolini, Obama, Renzi, Trump.
READING LIST FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS
One among the following options
READING LIST FOR NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
The reading list might change before the course begins.
FEDERICO ZUOLO (President)
CORRADO FUMAGALLI (Substitute)
15 february 2023
All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.
Oral exam. Seminars (for those who attend the classes) will count as half of the final mark. Students who cannot attend the classes will be assigned an additional reading.
Oral exam will test the students’ capacity to critically understand politicians’ speeches through the lens of the conceptual tools of the first part of the course. Besides clarity in exposition and mastery of the theories analyzed during the course, the oral exam will test the students’ capacity to autonomously and creatively deal with new examples provided by current and past political communication.