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CODE 104894
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/04
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
MODULES Questo insegnamento è un modulo di:
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

AIMS AND CONTENT

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims at analysing the contemporary political change, with particular attention to the evolution of democratic systems. On the one hand, the economic, social and cultural factors that favour the democratic processes will be examined, especially in the emerging countries and those that has just come out from a civil war. On the other, the events - economic crisis, globalization, technological innovation, migrations – that can threaten the stability of consolidated democracies and reduce their quality will be studied.

The course aims to sharpen knowledge concerning the process of democratization, the crisis of liberal democracies, and the role of comparative methods,  focusing on specific issues and case studies (first of all Turkey)

TEACHING METHODS

Teaching activities will be based also on active learning, role-playing (simulations) and seminars with scholars and experts in order to foster debates and a constant involvement of students. Movies, documents, blogs, papers will be adopted. The course will be entirely provided in English

The course is "in person" but it can be given online. However, in accordance with the rules for access to university premises adopted to combat the spread of the COVID pandemic, the lessons can possibly be carried out on TEAMS. The TEAMS code will eventually be communicated via aulaweb

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course will focus on:

1) drivers, features, and consequences of democratization

2) causes and patterns of democratic backsliding

3) democracies, hybrid regimes and competitive authoritarianism

4) The wartime origins of democratization: civil wars, rebel governance, democratization

5) Case studies (Nepal, Tajikistan, Mozambique, Syria)

 

For those interested in the Syrian civil war, "Corradi, E. 2023. Contro lo Stato Islamico. I foreign fighters occidentali nella guerra civile siriana. Mondadori Università" (cap. 2)

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

The textbook is : J. Teorell, "The Deterninants of Democratization", Cambridge UP.

The textbook for the monographic part is: Huang, R. (2016). The Wartime Origins of Democratization: Civil War, Rebel Governance, and Political Regimes (Problems of International Politics). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

 

Further readings might be delivered throughout the course

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

FABRIZIO COTICCHIA (President)

GIAMPIERO CAMA (President Substitute)

GIULIO LEVORATO (Substitute)

FABIO MAINA (Substitute)

MATTEO MAZZIOTTI DI CELSO (Substitute)

JEAN-MARIE REURE (Substitute)

MARGHERITA SALVIA (Substitute)

MATTIA SGUAZZINI (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

first semester, lessons start: November

Teams

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Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral exams

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The oral exam will try to verify the presentation and argumentation skills of the concepts and theoretical frameworks illustrated during the lessons. The student must also be able to describe and interpret the empirical cases discussed and analyzed within the course in light of the concepts and theories. In particular, the quality of the presentation, the rigorous use of specialist vocabulary and the ability for critical and original reasoning on the course contents will be examined. Finally, the assessment methods must be consistent with the training objectives and expected results.

 

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals
No poverty
No poverty
Quality education
Quality education
Gender equality
Gender equality
Decent work and economic growth
Decent work and economic growth
Reduce inequality
Reduce inequality
Climate action
Climate action
Peace, justice and strong institutions
Peace, justice and strong institutions
Partnerships for the goals
Partnerships for the goals