CULTURE, SOCIETY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Second cycle degree in HUMAN RIGHTS AND MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE

Campus: PADOVA

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester

Lecturer: ANDREA MARIA MACCARINI

Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6


Syllabus
Prerequisites: Students should possess the basic historical and juridical knowledge that is necessary to follow a theoretical argument concerning human rights, thare are here studied both as normative structures and as a cultural complex.
A strong sociological background - particularly in classic and contemporary social theory - can also help students understand better the implications of the main argument developed throughout the class.
Examination methods: The exam consists of (a) writing a paper focussed upon a specific issue in the field of human rights, using concepts, categories, and authors studied in class (60% final grade); (b) oral exam, focussed mainly upon the assigned paper (40% final grade). Participation in class discussions will also be assessed.
Course unit contents: Ths year the course wll be focussed upon war and political violence in global society.
The course will be divided into two distinct parts.

In the first part, a selection of the sociological theory of war will be presented, as well as an interpretation of its changes throughout modernity and in the current societal context, which will be called 'morphogenic society'.
In the second part, the possible consequences of the current transformations on human rights will be illustrated, through examples referring to contemporary conflicts.

The two parts of the course will also differ in the style of interaction. In the first part, the teacher will mainly lecture, while in the second he will lead class discussions, as well as individual and group presentations.