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CODE 104970
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/02
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° 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.
(UN-SDG: 4.7) 

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.

 

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

Exam Board

ANDREA CATANZARO (President)

ALBERTO DE SANCTIS

CARLO MORGANTI (Substitute)

STEFANO PARODI (Substitute)

DAVIDE SUIN (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

First semester

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

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.

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.