94397 - Critical Reading Laboratory (C)

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  • Teacher Francesco Raschi

  • Credits 4

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Forli

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in International relations and diplomatic affairs (cod. 8048)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Gender equality Reduced inequalities Peace, justice and strong institutions

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The aim of the workshop is to introduce participants to critical reading and understanding of texts (related to political and social sciences), starting from the examination of significant cases. At the end of the laboratory the student has acquired the necessary skills to synthesize, outline (also in written form), contextualise, critically analyze theoretical, empirical and methodological aspects of the text under examination (volume, essay in journal, research report, short article).

Course contents

The laboratory consists of the reading and analysis of classical texts from the history of political thought and political science. They deal with power, freedom and equality, and allow us to interpret the different political spaces throughout the history of the last few centuries. historical. From this point of view both the context and the genealogy will be explored, as well as the thematic relationship with the present and the cultural reception in general.


The working parts of the texts or books indicated here can be used or acquired in bookstores and in the library.

Niccolò Machiavelli, Il Principe

Thomas Hobbes, Il Leviatano

John Locke, Il secondo trattato sul governo

Charles de Montesquieu, Lo spirito delle leggi

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Il contratto sociale

Immanuel Kant, L apace perpetua

Benjamin Constant, Princìpi di politica

Benjamin Constant, Conquista e usurpazione

Other texts will be indicated later.

Teaching methods

Alternating with lessons, the participants read, present, comment and discuss the texts and topics covered by the texts.

Assessment methods

Attendance is a prerequisite for eligibility. Absences are not allowed. Participants will have to demonstrate the ability, also in written form, to synthesize, schematize, contextualize and critically analyze the theoretical, empirical and methodological aspects of the texts studied.

Teaching tools

Books, texts and Power Point presentations

Office hours

See the website of Francesco Raschi