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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8084310, 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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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

Teacher in charge CLAUDIA PADOVANI SPS/04

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 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


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge concerning world politics and the transformation, role and social implications of digital and communication technologies; understanding of dynamics that lead to policy orientation and governing arrangements, including political participation; basic knowledge of sociological issues and terminology; curiosity for the global dimension of political and communication phenomena and for the understanding of social consequences and implications produced by digital and media technologies; interest in research work, including group work, and critical discussions. Good knowledge of the English language; basic knowledge of a second foreign language.
Target skills and knowledge: Expected results: acquisition of elements to support critical analysis of contemporary communication realities, with a global outlook, and a special focus on how themes, problems and challenges posed by the developments of information and communication technologies invite the definition of new regulatory interventions. Students will also acquire theoretical-analytical frameworks and methods for understanding different supra- and trans-national realities (organizations, initiatives, networks) representatives of developments that characterize knowledge societies and the governing arrangements that characterize them. Furthermore students will develop a critical understanding of the social and cultural implications of digital technologies, with a sociological focus on innovation processes, digital media, sharing economy and their impact on everyday life. The possibility to deal in class with case studies and specific issues will provide students with important skills in view of designing interventions in these areas, like the elaboration of position papers, project definition in trans-national and multi-actors contexts, mapping of interests and analysis of languages used by policy-ideators and policy-makers. Expected cognitive results concern better understanding of the nexus between domestic, regional and transnational communication developments and their governance; awareness of current debates concerning global communication and its social implications and impacts, with a focus on actors’ interactions; acquisition of a gender perspective through which communication processes and policies should be critically understood, and focus on diversity and intersectional issues in digital developments.
Transversal competences will be acquired through interactive learning, engagement with peers, group work, and international exchanges: communication abilities, public speaking also in intercultural contexts, autonomous judgement; collaborative modes for the production of new knowledge; critical rethinking of knowledge development and sharing.
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 and elaboration and class presentation of group work activities, theme based with an international outlook. Production of final papers. Active participation in yearly themed ‘LABs’ (when activated) and completion of related assignments are core components of the final evaluation.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: The course is an introduction to governing arrangements that contribute to shape knowledge societies, with a focus on transnational communication networks.
Communication governance is here addressed as the multiplicity of configurations/networks of interdependent actors that are involved - with different degrees of autonomy and power, both formally and informally - in policy-oriented processes in the domain of media and communication.
Transnational networks can be understood as both the technical infrastructures around which global processes are nowadays organized; and the arrangements through which information and communication technologies, and related communication processes, are regulated, including with a focus on ‘governance by design’. Furthermore, as alternative and often competing visions of knowledge societies characterize the global landscape, transnational social mobilizations networks that contribute to shape regulatory regimes for global communication should also be considered; networks that characterized by an interplay of globally-oriented and locally-based dynamics.
The course covers the key concepts required to gain an understanding of the processes through which public authorities, private entities and civic organizations are involved in defining norms, setting rules, building institutions and providing public resources for the provision of media and communication services. Students will be invited to map and critically discuss key elements of communication governance, and to examine contemporary issues and debates in communication governance.
Adopting a historically-aware constructivist approach, the course introduces the institutions involved in public policy debate and discussion (from the Un and its agencies, to private entities like the ICANN and IETF and civic networks like the ones proposing a citizens’ internet), self-regulatory and legal mechanisms. It explores how different actors contribute to framing policy-relevant issues (like digital divide, privacy issues and human rights in the information society) and produce relevant knowledge and cultural practices. The course will help students to critically assess existing and emerging normative frameworks according to which governing arrangements are made and managed. A gender-aware perspective characterizes the course content, approach and methodology, so as to provide insights on the gender-specific implications of technologies’ design, developments and use, and of their governance.
The final goal of the course is to provide conceptual, analytical and methodological tools to make sense, address and intervene in the complexities of global communications governance across national borders.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: 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. Such international exchange can be further enriched through group activities and virtual exchange modes, i.e. transnational projects carried out in collaboration with international institutions.
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 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 teacher in due time during the course. Here we only indicate basic reading materials.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mansell, R. and Raboy, M (eds), Handbook of Global Media and Communications Policy. London: Wiley Blackwell, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Raboy, Marc, and Claudia Padovani, "Mapping global media policy: Concepts, frameworks, methods." Communication, Culture & Critique 3.2. London: Wiley Blackwell, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Padovani C. & Santaniello M. (eds), The International Communication Gazette issue “Digital Constitutionalism: Human Rights and Power Limitation in the Internet Ecosystems". London: Sage Publications, 2018. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Padovani C. & Shade L. (eds), Journal of Information Policy issue "Gendering Global Media Policy: Critical Perspectives on ‘Digital Agendas". --: Penn State University Press, 2016. openly accessible at Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Action learning
  • Problem solving
  • Flipped classroom
  • Peer feedback
  • Video shooting made by the teacher/the students
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)
  • Learning journal

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

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