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Course 2018-2019 a.y.

30481 - CURRENT POLITICAL PHENOMENA I

BIG
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English

Go to class group/s: 31

BIG (3 credits - I sem. - OBS  |  SPS/04)
Course Director:
LIVIO DI LONARDO

Classes: 31 (I sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: TOMMASO NANNICINI


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

The course aims at discussing current political phenomena in a workshop setting. Students are divided in groups and encouraged to critically present the assigned materials after a general lecture from the instructor.

CONTENT SUMMARY

The course deals with current political phenomena from an interdisciplinary perspective, with a blend of theoretical and empirical discussion. The covered topics include:

  • Political competition and gerrymandering.
  • The links between economic inequality, globalization, and political polarization.
  • The economic and cultural determinants of populist movements.
  • The impact of campaign information on voting behavior.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Know the most recent literature in social sciences on political phenomena as diverse as the rise of populism and the impact of political campaigns on voting behavior.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Use state-of-the-art scientific knowledge to interpret current political phenomena as diverse as the rise of populism and the impact of political campaigns on voting behavior.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments
  • Interactive class activities (role playing, business game, simulation, online forum, instant polls)
DETAILS

Lectures are structured according to the standard format:

  • The instructor presents and elaborate on the material contained in the required readings, which the students have read before class, so as to enhance in-class discussions and students’ participation.
  • The instructor’s lectures are followed by classes where the students present (individually or in group) the assigned materials, also involving role playing in certain settings. Class interaction is powered by the use of the “Socrative” classroom app.

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  • x    
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  • x    
  • Active class participation (virtual, attendance)
  • x    
    ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Attending students are evaluated only on the basis of their class participation, individual assignments, and group assignments.

    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Non-attending students are evaluated on the basis of a written exam based on the reading list provided during the course.


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    The reading list is provided at the beginning of the course.

    Last change 04/06/2018 07:33