30200 - POLITICAL SCIENCE
CLEAM - CLEF - CLEACC - BESS-CLES - WBB - BIEF - BIEM
Course taught in English
Go to class group/s: 31
The course provides the main analytical tools needed to understand political phenomena in both national and international contexts through an introduction to the themes and methods of the three fundamental components of political science: political philosophy, international relations, and comparative politics. We survey the most important concepts and problems at the core of the three approaches: the state, citizenship, sovereignty, nationalism, democracy, authoritarianism, civil disobedience. At the end of the course an in-depth analysis of Italian politics is offered.
Introduction: what is politics? How to study it? What is its relationship with other disciplines?
- Liberal democracy, socialism, communism, dictatorship and authoritarianism
International relations and politics:
- Realism, multilateralism, the United Nations, processes of regional integration, globalization
- Non-state actors: nongovernmental organizations, terrorist organizations, multinational corporations
- Human rights, environmentalism, poverty and inequality among nations
- Political institutions: executive and legislative power, the courts
- Political parties, the bureaucracy, the media, interest groups
- The Italian case:
The recent years: change or continuity?
They will be able to choose between two options:
- a partial written exam at the end of the first part of the course (45 percent of the final grade), and one at the end of the second part (50 percent);
- or one cumulative written exam at the end of the course (95 percent).
For non-attending students:
They will take a comprehensive written exam at the end of the course (100 percent of the final grade).
- N. REIMER, D.W. SIMON, The Challenge of Politics. An Introduction to Political Science, CQ Press, 2016, 5th edition.
- M. COTTA, L. VERZICHELLI, Political Institutions in Italy, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007.