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Faculty of Political Science
Course unit
SPL1000344, A.A. 2011/12

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2011/12

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SP1421, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2011/12
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit


ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Optional SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year Student choice

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/09/2011
End of activities 28/01/2012
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: It is a broad and truly interdisciplinary course. A basic knowledge in political and economic sciences is useful, but not necessary. Interest in general European and internationmal issues is helpful. Sufficient passive and active knowledge of English is required.
Target skills and knowledge:: A better and applied knowledge and understanding of the complexities of the globalisation vs europeanisation processes which shape the future development of societies in international relations
Course unit contents: The course serves as an interdisciplinarry overview to the study of European issues in the perspective of globalisation, one of the most important phenomena and processes confronting the world today. Globalisation is affecting every aspect of society-including economics, politics, and culture. The course offers a general introduction and overview (i.e. concepts, definitions, approaches, historical developments and assessment) of the futures of EU in a globalising context. It will look at the phenomena from a multiplicity of perspectives-as it is studied in
different disciplines and as it is seen in different regions throughout the world. We will look at globalisation in all of its dimensions, including economic globalisation, political globalisation, the globalisation of civil society, global knowledge, and our global environment. While the focus will be on the economic and social changes taken place in EU, the course will offer an opportunity to reflect and prospect on emerging themes, challenges and inclusive policies in the future of European societies within a globalising context, in particular the social and cultural dimension of globalisation.
Planned learning activities: The course is structured along three major parts.

I. The first (conceptual & historical) part gives an overall theoretical framework of the relation of globalisation of economy and society in the EU.

MODULE 1: Methodological Introduction: overview of approaches and methodologies
1. Different approaches and methodologies are introduced and shortly evaluated in relation to the triangle between economy (market), polity (state) and society (values, culture) in a rapidly changing international context.
2. Social changes in Europe: focus is on the making of modern societies as to changing institutions in contemporary Europe.
3. European Sociology: social interaction and everyday life in theoretical, European and global perspective with particular focus on contemporary theory and practitioners.

MODULE 2: European dimension of globalisation (past, present & future)
In a second section this part of the course focuses on the past, present and future developments of Europe. It looks at the specific characteristics of the European civilization and presents the European integration process as a permanent search between integration and diversity.

1. An overview is presented of the social and institutional process of change in contemporary Europe and the interplay between various shaping factors: analysis of the different concepts, phases, trends of convergence and diversity and patterns of change in European societies.
2. In this subsection, the existing European debate is assessed with its structural developments, internal and external challenges and futures in the context of a wider Europe (i.e. global player, networking, neighbourhood policies and intercultural dialogue).

II. In the second part the phenomenon and process of globalisation is studied:

MODULE 3: Globalisation in perspective

From an introduction to the phenomenon and process of globalization in context (i.e. definitions, views and facts) different forces are identified and analyzed (i.e. global politics, global economy, global culture/citizen and global threats). An assessment section concludes with some key developments and challenges in the EU (i.e. new institution building, globalisation versus internationalisation, Europeanisation versus globalisation, globalisation versus regionalism, etc.)

III. The last part concerns the relation between globalisation and inclusion policies in European perspective. Focus is on three particular areas of concern, i.e. values, social dimension and democracy.

MODULE 4: Globalisation & Identity/Nationality/Citizenship
Globalisation forces us to engage in full dialogue with, based on mutual respect and mutual obligation among partners and rooted in a progressive development of the human person. Inclusive policies must therefore be developed from a basic code of values.

MODULE 5: Globalisation and the Social dimension
Main focus will be on the social dimension of globalisation (social inclusion) and its institutional framework at international (e.g. World/European Social Forum, ILO, UNDP) and European level.

MODULE 6: Globalisation and Democracy
In particular, attention will be given to the promotion of inclusive policies in (formal and informal) democratic processes of active citizenship in the EU.
Textbooks: ILO, World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, A fair globalization: creating opportunities for all. Génève: --, 2004.
European Commission, European Values in the globalised world. Brussels: --, 2005.
Bekemans Léonce, The idea and practice of Europe in a globalising world: reality and responsibility. Padua: --, 2005. in Rivista Pace Diritti Umani
Bekemans Léonce, Globalisation and Inclusiveness in the EU. Padua: Il Rinoceronte, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
Additional notes about suggested reading:: "Reading Dossier", Copisteria San Francesco
Teaching methods: Teaching modules on the basis of class lectures with the help of power point presentation. Ample space for class discussion on the basis of suggested readings
Assessment criteria: - The overall course validation is based on the basic reading of suggested bibliography, class participation/discussion, paper writing and an oral examination (in English or Italian).
- Detailed course information, lectures and material for the exam preparation can be found on ("Corsi di laurea e post-laurea" > "Corsi di laurea su scienze politiche, relazioni internazionali, diritti umani, pace, istituiti nella Facoltà di Scienze politiche dell'Università di Padova" > "Materiali per la preparazione agli esami universitari".
Further information: Il Corso Jean Monnet "GLOBALISATION AND INCLUSIVENESS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION" (6 CFU, 45 ore) ha inizio mercoledi 12 ottobre in Aula R dalle 14.30 alle 17.30. TIME SCHEDULE:


The course starts Wednesday October 12 and takes place in Aula R in following days:

Wednesday 12 - 14.30-17.30
Thursday 13 - 16.30-19.30
Friday 14 - 10.30-13.30

Tuesday 25 and Wednesday 26 October Jean Monnet Workshop "Cultural and Value Roots for intercultural dialogue in a European context", Palazzo del Bo/Aula Nievo (Programme at

Thursday 27 - 16.30-19.30
Friday 28 - 10.30-13.30

Wednesday 23 - 14.30-17.30
Thursday 24 - 16.30-19.30
Friday 25 - 10.30-13.30

Wednesday 14 - 14.30-17.30, AULA N
Thursday 15 - 16.30-19.30, AULA N
Friday 16 - 10.30-13.30, AULA B

Wednesday 25 - 14.30-17.30, AULA N
Thursday 26 - 16.30-19.30, AULA N
Friday 27 - 10.30-13.30, AULA B

Certificato Jean Monnet: gli studenti che hanno frequentato e passato l'esame ricevono il certificato Jean Monnet da una personalità europea durante un evento solenne