00983 - History of Political Doctrines (F-N)

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  • Teacher Raffaella Gherardi

  • Credits 10

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Bologna

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Political, Social and International Sciences (cod. 8853)

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, students: - know the fundamental features of the modern and contemporary History of Political Thought, - know the main forms of political communication and understand the complex relationships between ideas and facts, - know the most important political doctrines and are able to critically analyze them in connection with the relevant cultural, institutional, historical and social context,- is able to understand the most important political and institutional changes in Western history.

Course contents

Through the methodological tools provided by history of political thought, the course aims to reconstruct the history of modern and contemporary political thought, highlighting both its continuities and ruptures. A particular attention will be paid to the following concepts: State (Absolute State, Welfare State), Constitution, Sovereignity, Rights, Freedom, Democracy, Citizenship, Utopia, Revolution, Peace and War. These others concepts: Liberalism, Communism, Socialism, Anarchism, Revisionism, Reformism, Utopianism, Realism, Elitism, Constitutionalism, Populism.


1) Students must study the following texts:

R. GHERARDI (a cura di), La politica e gli Stati. Problemi e figure del pensiero occidentale , Roma, Carocci, Nuova edizione.

R. GHERARDI (a cura di), Relazioni fra gli Stati: pace e guerra, Bologna, Clueb, 2002;

2) ALL STUDENTS : one of these texts:

M.L. LANZILLO (a cura di), La questione della tolleranza. Gli autori, i dibattiti, le dichiarazioni, Bologna, Clueb, 2002;

M. RICCIARDI (a cura di), Ordine sovrano e rivoluzione in età moderna e contemporanea, Bologna, Clueb, 2003;

F. FERRARESI (a cura di), Figure della libertà. Le dottrine, i dibattiti e i conflitti, Bologna, Clueb, 2004;

S. MEZZADRA (a cura di), Cittadinanza. Soggetti, ordine, diritto, Bologna, Clueb, 2004;

Teaching methods

30 lectures of 2 hours each

Assessment methods

For students attending classes , assessment will be conducted during the course through a written texts.

For students not attending classes , the final exam will consist in a oral examination after a satisfactory written text should be attended on the mandatory textbooks (R. Gherardi (a cura di), La politica e gli Stati. Problemi e figure del pensiero occidentale , Roma, Carocci, Nuova edizione; R.Gherardi (a cura di), Relazioni fra gli Stati, Bologna, Clueb). Both the written text and the oral exam will be held on the same day.

Office hours

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