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Professor
FEDERICA FALCHI (Tit.)
Period
Second Semester 
Teaching style
Convenzionale 
Lingua Insegnamento
ITALIANO 



Informazioni aggiuntive

Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[2/59]  POLITICAL SCIENCE [59/00 - Ord. 2019]  PERCORSO COMUNE 9 54

Objectives

The course aims at providing students with theoretical and conceptual tools enabling them, following the Dublin Descriptors (I-V), to gain a systematic and informed knowledge of the history of political thought and to develop and/or improve their interpretative and analytical skills, in order to understand the main ideas of modern and contemporary political thinkers.

Knowledge and understanding: students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and capacity of comprehension of concepts, of the main political thoughts’ lexis and of the main modern and contemporary authors’ thought.

Applying knowledge and understanding: students will be able, thanks to the notions and the interpretative tools acquired during the course, to analyze historical, political and theoretical events and trace them back to the history of political thought’s categories, arguing their choices and highlighting possible peculiarities.

Making autonomous judgements: students will be able, thanks to the notions and interpretative tools acquired during the course, to develop their own critical approach to political doctrines enabling them to understand their historical, political and social aspects.

Communication skills: thanks to class discussions, students will be able to enhance and improve their communication skills regarding history of political thought’s issues.

Learning skills: at the end of the course, students will be able to continue their studies and further analyze political doctrines.

Prerequisites

It is assumed that students start the course being familiar with modern and contemporary history and the most basic categories of philosophy, legal science and politics.

Contents

The course consists of lectures:

I. The classical world:
a) Greece: The Greek civilization and politics, Plato, Aristotle;
b) Rome: The Roman political experience; Polybius, Cicero;

II. Christianity and politics:
a) Augustine, Thomas Aquinas;

III. Political realism and political autonomy:
a) Machiavelli;


IV. The Utopia

a) Thomas More;

V. The modern age:
a) Bodin;

VI. Contractualism and constitutionalism:
a) Hobbes, Locke;

VII. Politics and History:
a) Vico;
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VIII.Enlightenment political thought:
a) Montesquieu and Rousseau;
b) Hume and Smith

IX. French Revolution
a) Burke and Wollstonecraft;

X. The German thought:
a) Kant, Hegel;

XI. Liberalism:
a) Tocqueville, J. S. Mill;

XII. The social question:
a) Marx and Engels;

XIII. European debate on democracy:
a) Mazzini;


Teaching Methods

Total class hours: lectures using PowerPoint presentations and talks on proposed topics.
To meet specific educational needs related to the epidemiological situation, the possibility of live streaming lessons is provided

Verification of learning

The oral examination will be based on the whole program and on classics of political thought that students are expected to choose from the list provided. Three questions will focus on the general part of the program, based on the reference texts and the materials available on the professor’s website, while one question will be on the classic of political thought that students are expected to contextualize, interpret and comment.
Students are expected to exhibit: their systematic and informed knowledge of the main political doctrines and of the main political ideas of modern and contemporary authors; their ability to interpret historical, political and theoretical events and to trace them back to the history of political thought’s categories, arguing their choices and highlighting possible peculiarities; the development of their own critical approach to political doctrines; the improvement of their communication skills regarding the history of political thought’s issues.
The exam score range from a minimum of 18/30 (sufficient) to a maximum of 30/30 cum laude (excellence). In order to pass the exam, the minimum score required is 18/30: students will have to show a basic knowledge of the subject. To attain the maximum score (30/30 cum laude), students will have to show an excellent knowledge of the subject, meeting all the above-mentioned criteria.
In order to meet specific needs related to the epidemiological situation, different methods of verification may be used, for example: individual or group work (thesis), oral interviews, remote written tests using computer aids (moodle, Teams, etc.), or completely eliminated in the case of intermediate verifications.

Texts

A text to be chosen from the following:

M. DAddio, Storia Delle Dottrine Politiche, Genova, ECIG.
C. Galli (a cura di), Manuale di storia del pensiero politico, Bologna, Il Mulino.

Handouts on Scottish Enlightenment and on the political thought of Thomas More, Mary Wollstonecraft, Immanuel Kant and Hannah Arendt will be delivered.

A text to be chosen from the I list and another from the II list:

I. List

Cicerone: De republica
Niccolò Machiavelli: Il Principe
John Locke: Second treatise on government

II. Lista

Immanuel Kant: Perpetual peace
Giuseppe Mazzini: Duties of man
Karl Marx: Manifesto of the Communist Party

Recommended texts for further study (not compulsory)

Jean-Claude Zancarini,Una scommessa di Machiavelli. Per una riforma repubblicana di Firenze (1520-1522)
Roberta A. Modugno, Mary Wollstonecraft. Diritti Umani e rivoluzione francese
Federica Falchi, Dall'illuminismo scozzese all'owenismo. Il percorso ideale di Frances Wright

More Information

Lectures will be held with the help of .ppt presentations and additional teaching materials (which will be made available on the professor’s webpage at the following link: http://people.unica.it/federicafalchi/didattica/materiale-didattico/3/). Every week students can meet the professor during her office hours, available on her webpage and weekly updated. Erasmus students are expected to contact the professor, sending an email to federica.falchi@unica.it, in order to arrange their exam’s program, which can be held, upon request, in English.

The programme may be subject to change due to decisions that the University will take to adapt to the COVID-19 contagion prevention measures.

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