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STRATEGIC STUDIES

CODE 104652
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 3nd year of 8768 SCIENZE INTERNAZIONALI E DIPLOMATICHE (L-36) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/04
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course aims at providing students with basic knowledge on strategic studies. The course

    Illustrates the relationship between war and politics through the study of strategic thinking and of conflicts, from Napoleon to Ukraine. Different ways and dynamics of using forces will be examining, focusing on key-moments and theories. A specific attention will be devoted to the interaction between democracy and war.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    • The module aims at providing basic knowledge on strategic thinking; 
    • The module aims at providing a comprehensive conceptual toolkit to understand the evolution of war;
    • The module will illustrate the debate over the interaction between politics and war, as well as between peace and war;
    • The module aims to provide students the proper tools to understand the complexity of strategic studies, also through active learning and role-playing

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    By attending the module and its activities the students will:

    • Acquire the basic knowledge to understand the evolution of war 
    • Describe the main features of war, from modern age till today 
    • Understand the complex interaction between politics and war
    • Understand the different theories and approaches in strategic studies
    • Know and understand the perspective of the peace research
    • Understand how research centres, institutions, and other actors practically deal with security studies
    • Analyse report, scientific papers, official docs on security studies
    • Present papers and documents in the classroom, also through simulation and role-playing

    TEACHING METHODS

    Teaching activities will be based also on active learning and seminars with experts on the field of security studies in order to foster debates and a constant involvement of students. Movies, blogs, papers will be adopted. 

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    The course will focus on

    • War and strategic thinking from Machiavelli di Napoleon
    • Clausewitz;
    • Industrial Revoluzion and War
    • WWI and WWII
    • Nuclear deterrence and the Cold War
    • The evolution of the strategic thinking. Peace Research;
    • Conclusion: From revolutionary war to the Revolution in Military Affairs.  (RMA).

    Focus:

    • US military operations in Vietnam and Afghanistan
    • The war in Ukraine (2022)

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

     

    Compulsory texts

     

    Selected chapters of: Paret, P. (a cura di) (2007) Guerra e strategia nell'età contemporanea, Genova. Marietti.

     

    Selected chapters of: Giacomello, G. e Badialetti G. (2016), Manuale di studi strategici, Milano: Vita e Pensiero

     

    Selected chapters of: Panebianco A. (a cura di) (2021) Democrazia e Sicurezza, Bologna: Il Mulino.

     

     

     

    Additional (non-compulsory) texts 

     

    Bianchi, P. e Del Negro, P. (2021) Guerra ed eserciti nell’età moderna. Bologna: Il Mulino.  

     

    Bonanate, L. (1998). La guerra. Roma-Bari: Laterza

     

    Brighi E., Chiaruzzi, M. (2009) “Per un lessico della politica: pace e Guerra”, Rivista italiana di scienza politica, XXXIX, numero 1, 2009, pp. 113-129

     

    Catanzaro A., Coticchia F., (2018) "Al di là dell'Arcobaleno. I movimenti pacifisti italiani tra ideologie e contro-narrazioni strategiche’”, A. Catanzaro and F.Coticchia, Milano, Vita e Pensiero (2018), 

     

    K. Von Clausewitz, Della guerra (ed.ridotta), Einaudi, Torino, 2000 

     

    Colombo, A. (2012), “Guerra e discontinuità nelle relazioni internazionali. Il dibattito sul declino della guerra e i suoi limiti”, Rivista Italiana di Scienza Politica, 3, 2012, pp. 431-457.

    Colombo, A. (2006). La guerra ineguale. Bologna: Il Mulino

    Coticchia, F. (2014) “La guerra che non c’era. Opinione pubblica e interventi militari italiani dall'Afghanistan alla Libia”, Milano, UBE Egea.

    Coticchia, F. (2020) “La Politica di Difesa”, in G.Capano e A.Natalini, Le politiche pubbliche in Italia, 77-94, Il Mulino.

     

    Del Negro, P. (2001). Guerra ed eserciti da Machiavelli a Napoleone. Bari-Roma: Laterza

     

    Galtung, J. (2011), Affrontare il conflitto. Trascendere e trasformare. Pisa Università Press

     

    Howard, M. (2001) “L’invenzione della pace. Guerra e Relazioni Internazionali”. Bologna: Il Mulino

     

    Keegan, J. (1993) La grande storia della guerra. Milano: Mondadori

     

    Machiavelli, N. (edizione 1995) Il Principe. Garzanti.

     

    Sipri - Rapporto Annuale (Sommario)

     

    Smith, R. (2009) L'arte della guerra nel mondo contemporaneo. Bologna: Il Mulino.

     

    Altro materiale

    Documentari: Burns, K. And Novick, L. “The Vietnam War”, PBS, 2017

     

    Riviste. (Per esempio alcuni articoli ne “Rivista IL Mulino, 2/2022”, “L’Italia nella Bufera”)

     

    In English: Freedman, L. Strategy. A history. Oxford. Oxford University Press;

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    FABRIZIO COTICCHIA (President)

    GIAMPIERO CAMA

    MARCO DI GIULIO (Substitute)

    MARA MORINI (Substitute)

    JEAN-MARIE REURE (Substitute)

    MARGHERITA SALVIA (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    Second Semester - 13 February 2023

     

    Code Teams: 

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    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Students have the possibility to obtain additional points by presenting in classes scientific papers or also describing movies and TV series related to security studies. The (oral) exam will assess the acquired knowledge in the field of security studies, evaluation the students’ skills in addressing specific security studies.

    The exam allows assessing the student’s capability in interpreting different security scenarios and actors.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam allows assessing the student’s capability in interpreting different security scenarios and actors.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    23/05/2023 15:30 GENOVA Orale
    13/06/2023 15:30 GENOVA Orale
    11/07/2023 15:30 GENOVA Orale
    12/09/2023 15:30 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

     “Si consigliano gli studenti con certificazione di DSA, di disabilità o di altri bisogni educativi speciali di contattare sia il referente Prof. Aristide Canepa (aristide.canepa@unige.it), sia il docente, all’inizio del corso, per concordare modalità didattiche e d’esame che, nel rispetto degli obiettivi dell’insegnamento, tengano conto delle modalità di apprendimento individuali e forniscano idonei strumenti compensativi”.