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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP5070007, A.A. 2017/18

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English


Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

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

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 25/09/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Knowledge of both methodological and substantive fundamentals of international relations and international organisation. Some prior knowledge of the European integration process is useful.
Target skills and knowledge: 1) to familiarise with a number of concepts of the current international relations and their interplay with human rights principles and standards;
2) to deepen the knowledge of the role and influence of human rights in contemporary international politics
3) to assess practices of MLG, international /European organisations and international politics which are relevant to understand the current challenges of the multipolar and multilateral world in view of a human rights –based approach.
4) apply both theoretical knowledge and practice-oriented skills to policy-making.
Examination methods: The integrated course (12 ECTs) proposes one overall grade, composed of two parts, reflecting Module A on "Human Rights in International Politics" and Module B on "Theory and Practice of Multi-level Governance". Each part consists of a combination of written assignments and oral presentations as indicated in the Syllabus of each Module, assessed separately. The final course grade will be the average resulting from the marks of each part.
Assessment criteria: The student will have to demonstrate a good command of the course topics, ability to analyse and critically approach issues dealing with the applied concept of MLG and its practices as well as with practice-oriented skills to policy-making in the international and European context, with particular attention to the human rights paradigm, demonstrating linguistic competence and using specific international organisation and human rights dictionary.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The main core of Module B of the course deals with the theoretical/conceptual framework of Multi-level Governance, its relation with the (new) regionalism in the international context and finally its application to intercultural dialogue within the broad and global context of the international organisation for human rights and peace.
A broad contextual overview of phenomenon and process of globalisation serves as a content introduction to the 3 teaching submodules:
- Sub Module 1 introduces the concepts of governance (i.e. definition, context and practice), global governance (i.e. content, developments and impact), multi-level governance (i.e. definition, changing international context and conceptual content) and European Multi-level Governance (i.e. European setting in the global world, European statehood building and practice).
-Sub Module 2 focuses on the relation between regionalism (i.e. theories and realities) and MLG, set in the emerging multilateral world. It further deals with the European dimension of regionalism in the multipolar world and concludes with the regional practices of European MLG by the Committee of the Regions (i.e. European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC), the Ateliers of the CoR, an EU Multi-level Governance Charter and the Scoreboard for monitoring MLG at EU level).
-Sub Module 3 applies the MLG framework to the dialogues' framework in general and the intercultural dialogue in specifics within the European and international context. It introduces the major general (i.e. integration, inclusion & diversity) and specific (i.e. multiculturalism vs. interculturalism, identity, nationality and citizenship) key concepts. It further gives an overview of the major aspects of the content of intercultural dialogue. This is set within the existing legal framework for intercultural dialogue. It also presents practices of Intercultural dialogue in the global context (such as Universal Declaration of Human Rights, UNESCO and Alliance of Civilisations) as well as in the European context (EU and Council of Europe). The Module concludes with the illustration of some concrete examples of intercultural governance in the international context.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Class attendance is strongly recommended. The course consists of lectures and class room discussion based on three teaching submodules. Students should prepare for class by reading some of the assigned materials. A short paper has to written for one of the three teaching submodules. Classroom discussion on the various topics will be organised on the basis of the students’ written assignments. Students will be given the opportunity to make an oral presentation in the class room. An active participation of students is considered an essential element of teaching and learning.
All students will write a final (research) paper dealing with a course related topic to be chosen out of a list of suggested questions. The paper will be presented and discussed during an oral exam. If relevant, guest speakers might be invited to contribute to the course.
Additional notes about suggested reading: All indications on course information and study materials are provided on the Moodle Platform before the start of the course.
Specific reading suggestions are proposed for the different submodules of the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bekemans, L.,, Globalisation vs Europeanisation. A Human-centric Interaction. Brussels, Berlin, Bern: International Academic Publishers Peter Lang, 2013. Centro Diritti Umani, Ettore Anchieri Cerca nel catalogo
  • Behr, T. and J. Jokela, Regionalism & Global Governance: The Emerging Agenda,. Paris: Notre Europe, 2001. Moodle Platform
  • Bloemraad. I. and M. Wright, Utter Failure” or Unity out of Diversity? Debating and Evaluating Policies of Multiculturalism,. --: International Migration Review, 2014. Volume 48 Number S1, pp. S292–S334, Moodle Platform Cerca nel catalogo