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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP9086118, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP2444, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Evaluation
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in EUROPEAN AND GLOBAL STUDIES

Teacher in charge CLAUDIA PADOVANI SPS/04
Other lecturers FRANCESCA HELM L-LIN/12

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge concerning international politics, human rights and their protection. Interest in learning and developing new knowledge in relation to fundamental rights, international cooperation and solidarity.
Target skills and knowledge: SAR’s Student Advocacy Seminars provide university and college students with the opportunity to develop human rights research and advocacy skills through direct engagement on behalf of threatened members of the global higher education community in cooperation with SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project and Action Campaigns.
Students will learn how to conduct research in the area of freedom of expression and academic freedom; develop advocacy campaign to support imprisoned academics; promote knowledge and awareness of related issues; lobby at institutional level in favour of academic freedom and fundamental rights.
This experiential laboratory is designed to give students a foundation in:
• Human rights research, standards, and mechanisms;
• Organizing and advocacy;
• Persuasive writing;
• Leadership and teamwork skills.
Examination methods: Evaluation will include the overall participation of students in class discussions and activities (20%); commitment to reading assigned materials and class activities, including through the elaboration of individual written assignments and short video recording (30%); commitment, autonomy and creativity in conducting themed group research work, through the elaboration of collective papers/posters and class presentation, making use of the knowledge and transversal competence acquired during the course (50%). The final grade will be based on all the activities mentioned above, including design and elaboration and class presentation of group work activities, production and oral presentation of final papers.
Assessment criteria: Integral components for students’ performance evaluation are: participation in class, also through collaborative work and group work; individual reading and writing assignments and video recording that assess students’ understanding and capacity to critically rethink the course contents. Design, elaboration and class presentation of group work activities, theme based with an international outlook. Production of final papers/posters/reports. Public presentations of the activities and final outputs.
Course unit contents: This laboratory is organized as part of a collaboration between SPGI department, the University of Padova and the international network Scholars at Risk. The University of Padova adhered to SAR in 2017 and is currently playing a coordinating role in the formation of an Italian SAR section. In this context, a programme of activities is being developed among SAR Italy members, including the organization of a Student Advocacy Seminars.
Previous student advocacy efforts have ranged from viral social media campaigns to birthday parties for imprisoned scholars to in-person meetings with government officials. Student-generated reports provide a valuable and lasting resource to SAR for its ongoing advocacy work on behalf of threatened scholars.
Arranged and supervised by local faculty in partnership with SAR, each seminar takes on the case of one or more scholars facing unjust restrictions, prosecution, or imprisonment. SAR and Student Advocacy Coordinators at Roger Williams University will collaborate with SPGI teachers and instructors to design an opportunity that fits EGOS’ curricular needs and interests.
Over the course of the seminar, students will gain a deeper understanding of both the value of the academic freedom they enjoy, and the risks scholars and students around the world face in the pursuit of knowledge. Students will organize awareness-raising advocacy initiatives and prepare an end-of-seminar report. In addition, students will have the chance to put their advocacy skills into practice at SAR’s Student Advocacy Day.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is divided into four main parts, which is a mix of theory and practice.
I. Introduction to SAR, advocacy and identification of the case study of at-risk scholar to be considered by the students (in collaboration with SAR New York) (Seminar coordinators)

II. Research activities concerning the country context, history and current situation, as well as the specific case of the identified at-risk scholar (Seminar coordinators with the contribution of colleagues, mastering specific historical, legal, political, social aspects related to the case)

III. Development of an information campaign around the specific case, to raise awareness (on campus and beyond) (Seminar coordinators with the possible contribution of public and institutional communication experts)

IV. Policy advocacy on behalf of the scholar and development of ideas for future support (Seminar coordinators with the contribution of colleagues, mastering specific legal and political aspects related to the case)

To conduct such activities The course adopts a very interactive and innovative methodology, which combines lectures with workshops, also with the contribution of external international experts. Individual learning activities are combined with class discussions starting from readings, video and other materials presented in class or proposed by students. Wide space is given to class discussion, valuing as much as possible the diverse geo-cultural and disciplinary background of students.
All this with the aim of meeting the cognitive objectives of the course, as well as to foster students’ transversal competences, such as: communication abilities, including public speaking also in intercultural contexts; autonomous judgement; collaborative modes for the production of new knowledge; critical rethinking of knowledge development and sharing.
Additional notes about suggested reading: A section in the Moodle platform is activated to integrate and support class activities; materials, readings, reference to web-based resources like archives and repositories, instructions for group work are all clearly organized and made available through the platform.
Study materials - including those produced by the international network Scholars at Risk - are mainly made available in English, while research activities may be conducted in different languages, reflecting students’ linguistic competence and cultural backgrounds.
Instructions about reading assignments and related activities and tasks are provided by the teachers in due time during the course.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Academic refuge project, Promoting core higher education values. Perspectives from the field. e-handbook: Academic refuge project, 2019. available online:
  • Vatansever, A., Partners in Crime: The Anti-intellectual Complicity between the State and the Universities in Turkey. Journal of Interrupted Studies: Brill, 2018.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Laboratory
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Peer feedback
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Kaltura (desktop video shooting, file loading on MyMedia Unipd)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Quality Education Gender Equality