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CODE 95091
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/02
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 2° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The course introduces the major themes in western political thought from ancient times to contemporary public life – the idea of democracy, the principles of political obligation, constitutionalism, utopianism, the concept of civil and political rights, the relation between economy and politics. – by analyzing their conceptual development in the works of major authors, and by focusing on the link between such themes and the social and institutional contexts.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Knowing and understanding the main features of the history of political thought, from ancient Greece to the 20th century, by retracing their historical context and by critically analyzing the thought of the most prominent authors.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Aims:

- Defining context and purpose of the history of political thought

- Assessing the main themes of Western political thought by way of precise and specific lectures

- Introducing students to the knowledge of the most important works in the history of political thought

- Supplying intellectual tools in order to grasp the meaning of contemporary debates

Learning Outcomes:

- Comprehension and commentary of classic and contemporary texts

- Reinforcement of argumentative skills as to political issues

- Ability to grasp the historical and conceptual roots of contemporary debates

PREREQUISITES

- Interest for political phenomena

- Basic knowledge of historical eras and philosophical schools

TEACHING METHODS

Traditional lectures, reading of classic, modern and contemporary texts plus direct participation of students by means, as well, of the online platform Aulaweb.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

Power and/or Fantasy: Utopia and Dystopia from Thomas More to Squid Game

The course will focus on the long-lasting tradition of utopian thought, running from Plato through Thomas More and Francis Bacon till the dystopian nightmares depicted by Aldous Huxley, George Orwell and, more recently, Margaret Atwood, questioning its inner logic, the vision of power and individual liberty it endorses and trying to appreciate why reasoning on utopianism could help us in the understanding of present-day political dilemmas.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

For students who attend classes on a regular basis (cfu 6):

1) A book chosen among the following:

- F. Bacon, La nuova Atlantide, Milano, B.U.R., 2009;

- T. Campanella, La città del sole, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2014;

- T. More, Utopia, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2016.

2) A book chosen among the following:

- M. Atwood, Il racconto dell’ancella, Milano, Ponte alle Grazie, 2019;

- C. Dalcher, La classe, Milano, TEA, 2022;

- A Huxley, Il mondo nuovo, Milano, Mondadori, 2021;

- U. K. Le Guin, I reietti dell'altro pianeta. Un'ambigua utopia, Milano, Mondadori, 2019;

- G. Orwell, 1984, Milano, Mondadori, 2016.

For students who cannot attend classes on a regular basis (cfu 6):

1) A book chosen among the following:

- F. Bacon, La nuova Atlantide, Milano, B.U.R., 2009;

- T. Campanella, La città del sole, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2014;

- T. More, Utopia, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2016.

2) A book chosen among the following:

- E. M. Forster, La macchina si ferma, in Id., La macchina si ferma e altri racconti, Milano, Mondadori, 2020, pp. 121-167;

- O. Wilde, L'anima dell'uomo sotto il socialismo, in Id., Il critico come artista/L'anima dell'uomo sotto il socialismo, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2015, pp. 153-221.

3) A book chosen among the following:

- M. Atwood, Il racconto dell’ancella, Milano, Ponte alle Grazie, 2019;

- C. Dalcher, La classe, Milano, TEA, 2022;

- A Huxley, Il mondo nuovo, Milano, Mondadori, 2021;

- U. K. Le Guin, I reietti dell'altro pianeta. Un'ambigua utopia, Milano, Mondadori, 2019;

- G. Orwell, 1984, Milano, Mondadori, 2016.

For students who attend classes on a regular basis (cfu 9):

1) A book chosen among the following:

- F. Bacon, La nuova Atlantide, Milano, B.U.R., 2009;

- T. Campanella, La città del sole, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2014;

- T. More, Utopia, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2016.

2) A book chosen among the following:

- E. M. Forster, La macchina si ferma, in Id., La macchina si ferma e altri racconti, Milano, Mondadori, 2020, pp. 121-167;

- O. Wilde, L'anima dell'uomo sotto il socialismo, in Id., Il critico come artista/L'anima dell'uomo sotto il socialismo, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2015, pp. 153-221.

3) A book chosen among the following:

- M. Atwood, Il racconto dell’ancella, Milano, Ponte alle Grazie, 2019;

- C. Dalcher, La classe, Milano, TEA, 2022;

- A Huxley, Il mondo nuovo, Milano, Mondadori, 2021;

- U. K. Le Guin, I reietti dell'altro pianeta. Un'ambigua utopia, Milano, Mondadori, 2019;

- G. Orwell, 1984, Milano, Mondadori, 2016.

For students who cannot attend classes on a regular basis (cfu 9):

1) G. Imbruglia, Utopia. Una storia politica da Savonarola a Babeuf, Roma, Carocci, 2021.

2) A book chosen among the following:

- F. Bacon, La nuova Atlantide, Milano, B.U.R., 2009;

- T. Campanella, La città del sole, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2014;

- T. More, Utopia, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2016.

3) A book chosen among the following:

- E. M. Forster, La macchina si ferma, in Id., La macchina si ferma e altri racconti, Milano, Mondadori, 2020, pp. 121-167;

- O. Wilde, L'anima dell'uomo sotto il socialismo, in Id., Il critico come artista/L'anima dell'uomo sotto il socialismo, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2015, pp. 153-221.

4) A book chosen among the following:

- M. Atwood, Il racconto dell’ancella, Milano, Ponte alle Grazie, 2019;

- C. Dalcher, La classe, Milano, TEA, 2022;

- A Huxley, Il mondo nuovo, Milano, Mondadori, 2021;

- U. K. Le Guin, I reietti dell'altro pianeta. Un'ambigua utopia, Milano, Mondadori, 2019;

- G. Orwell, 1984, Milano, Mondadori, 2016.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

ALBERTO GIORDANO (President)

MIRELLA PASINI

FEDERICO ZUOLO (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

February 13, 2023.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

The exam will be carried out by means of an oral test.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The final test will ascertain the students’ knowledge and  comprehension of classic and contemporary texts, the reinforcement of their argumentative skills as to political issues and the ability to grasp the historical and conceptual roots of contemporary debates.

Exam schedule

Data Ora Luogo Degree type Note
18/01/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
01/02/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
10/05/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale APPELLO RISERVATO A LAUREAND* E STUDENT* DEGLI ANNI PRECEDENTI
07/06/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
21/06/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
19/07/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2023 11:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

Students who cannot attend classes on a regular basis, are kindly asked to get in touch with prof. Giordano by writing an e-mail to alberto.giordano@edu.unige.it.