00983 - History of Political Doctrines

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

Students will be introduced to main political concepts, such as state, sovereignty, democracy, freedom, equality, citizenship, revolution) through the analysis of the most important classics of modern and contemporary political thought.

Course contents

Students will be introduced to main political concepts, such as state, sovereignty, democracy, freedom, equality, citizenship, revolution) through the analysis of the most important classics of modern and contemporary political thought.

Readings/Bibliography

FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO WILL ATTEND CLASSES:

1) Manuale di storia del pensiero politico , a c. di C. Galli, Bologna, Il Mulino, 20113 (from chapter 3, to chapter 15 included).

2) I grandi testi del pensiero politico. Antologia , a c. di C. Galli, Bologna, Il Mulino, 20112 (ten authors selected by the student)


FOR THOSE STUDENTS WHO WILL NOT ATTEND CLASSES:

1) Manuale di storia del pensiero politico , a c. di C. Galli, Bologna, Il Mulino, 20113
2) I grandi testi del pensiero politico. Antologia, a c. di C. Galli, Bologna, Il Mulino, 20112

 

 

Teaching methods


The course consists of lectures. It aims at furnishing the conceptual instruments and the proper lexicon of the history of modern political thought, introducing students to direct understanding of classical texts in the history of political thought, and of a system of radical critique of modernity. 

Assessment methods

The final exam will be an oral one, with questions aimed at verifying student's mastership of the themes discussed in class (only for attending students) as well as those treated in textbooks.

Non-attending students will have to take an oral final exam about the themes treated in textbooks.

The evaluation will focus particularly on the student's capacity of handling the sources and readings indicated in the bibliography and his ability to correlate the various themes and problems addressed in the course.

The assessment will thus examine the student's:

- factual knowledge of the subject;
- ability to summarise and analyse themes and concepts;
- familiarity with the terminology associated with the course and his ability to use it effectively.

Top marks will be awarded to a student displaying an overall understanding of the topics discussed during lectures, combined with a critical approach to the material and a confident and effective use of the appropriate terminology.
Average marks will be awarded to a student who has memorized the main points of the material and is able to summarise them satisfactorily and provide an effective critical commentary, while failing to display a complete mastership of the appropriate terminology.
A student will be deemed to have failed the exam if he displays significant errors in his understanding and failure to grasp the overall outlines of the course, together with a poor mastership of the appropriate terminology.

Office hours

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