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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8084320, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2444, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge FRANCESCO BERTI SPS/02

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/02 History of Political Doctrines 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second 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 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of modern political thought, modern political philosophy and modern and contemporary history.
Target skills and knowledge: The course will give students a good knowledge of modern and contemporary philosophy and political thought, with particular attention paid to the subjects, which will be studied during the course. This includes: 20th Century political doctrines, with their historical and ideological backgrounds, some of the main ideas of Liberty, Equality, Modernity and Revolution in the contemporary age, the conflicting relationship between political thought of Europe and other countries, the metamorphosis of the concepts of Empire. Moreover, the course will give students theoretical categories useful for understanding various processes of reconfiguration of the political space, such as the processes of decolonization; the relationships between technological innovation, regulation and transformations of the forms of citizenship exercise; the mechanisms of change in the category of European citizenship and the emergence of the category of global citizenship
Examination methods: The examination will take place orally and students will be asked about the contents of the entire course. Attending students also be asked to examine some of the texts analyzed during the course.
Assessment criteria: Students should show they have a good knowledge of the main points of the political doctrines studied on the course, and that are able to use the sources provided and the skills they have acquired, to interpret the global context of the contemporary political thought in an analytical way.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The course aims to develop a specific approach to 20th century political thought, focusing on the problem of modernization in complex geopolitical areas including Russian empire, Italy, German, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the Ottoman Empire. In the first half of the course, the totalitarian revolutionary doctrines of the 20th century will be looked at, with the aim of underlining the similarities and differences. These ideologies will be shown as a response both to the crisis of imperial form of domination and to the capitalistic transformation of society. When looking at the Italian-German area, the emergence and development of Fascist and Nazi doctrines will be analyzed and for the Russian area Bolshevism. For the Ottoman empire we will study how the political ideas of Young Turks were developed into the Kemalist ideology. The second half of the course will focus on Literature and totalitarianism, introducing the figure and works of Vasily S. Grossman and his interpretation of modern Russian history and totalitarianism.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will be carried on in lecture form. Specialized lectures and seminars with professor on specific topics will be held. We will watch and comments on films. Attending students will have the chance to give talks on an issue agreed upon with the professor. Students can find teaching materials on the moodle platform.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students can find teaching materials on the moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Lenin, The State and Revolution. London: Penguin Books, 1992. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1998. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Taner Ak├žam, From Empire to Republic. Turkish nationalism and the Armenian genocide. London, New York: Zed Books, 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Vasily Grossman, Everything flows. New York: The New York Review of Books, 2014. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Concept maps
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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