93416 - Society, Politics And Globalization (50)

Academic Year 2021/2022

  • Moduli: Sergio Belardinelli (Modulo 1) Davide Ruggieri (Modulo 2) (Modulo 3)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2) Traditional lectures (Modulo 3)
  • Campus: Forli
  • Corso: First cycle degree programme (L) in International relations and diplomatic affairs (cod. 8048)

Learning outcomes

The objective of the course is to provide students with the necessary tools to critically analyze political phenomena, with specific reference to the connections between culture, political institutions, and globalization. At the end of the course, students will know different paradigms developed by sociologists on the relations between society, political institutions, and globalization, and they will be able to identify and analyze socio-political and cultural processes at both local and international levels.

Course contents

The course is organised into lectures and seminars, according to the logic of the inverted classroom. Lectures (26 hours) aim to introduce students to the core tenets of the discipline. Seminars (12 hours) aim to provide occasions for in-depth discussions of class materials and exercises. Students attend 13 lectures on theoretical interpretations. In the seminar section, students are divided into two groups, each of which must attend 6 seminars. The activation of online classes will depend on the evolution of the pandemic situation.

The first module (26 hours of lectures), taught by prof. Belardinelli, will focus on the transformations of political paradigms in time of globalization, on the new international equilibrium and on the role of religion in the global world. 

The second module (12 hours of seminars for two different groups of students), taught by another professor, will focus on the relationship between politics, society, and religion, with specific reference to "political theology" and to the different forms of socio-political rythuals.

In the second module, students will be expected to make at least one formal intervention in class (or online during the seminar time, depending on the conditions). The argument of the intervention will be agreed with the professor, who will provide students with references.


For the first section (26 Hours):

P. Sloterdjik, Sulla stessa barca. Saggio sull'iperpolitica, ETS 2020;

A. Panebianco, S. Belardinelli, All'alba di un nuovo mondo, Il Mulino, Bologna 2019.

For the seminar section (12 hours):

C. Schmitt, Teologia politica, in Id., Le categorie del politico, Il Mulino 2014, pp. 29-88;

Han Byung Chul, La scomparsa dei riti. Una topologia del presente, Nottetempo 2021. 

More references for the seminar section will be provided during class.

Teaching methods

Lectures and seminars

Assessment methods

The course will be assessed by two written exams: the first written exam (four open questions) will focus on the topics covered during the first 26 hours of the course; the second written exam will focus on the seminars of the course.

Participation in class will be part of the final assessment. Non-attending students and students who will not participate in seminars' discussions will be required to answer four (rather than two) open questions in the second written exam.

Attending students who cannot attend an intermediate exam will be allowed to take it in the first of the three sessions held in January and February. In case the student will not attend the first session either, he/she will need to take the entire written exam, likewise non attending students, consisting of 8 open-ended questions.

Office hours

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