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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
SP04105176, 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
SP1428, 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 Mark
Course unit English denomination ADVANCED ENGLISH
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
E-Learning website
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 is available ONLY for students enrolled in GOVERNMENT SCIENCES AND PUBLIC POLICIES


Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Other -- -- 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 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2018 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: Students should be certified at B2 level, preferably at the beginning of the course, and, in any case, before taking the final exam.
Target skills and knowledge: Teaching methods: This is an advanced English language course. Students will perfect their language skills in the domains relative to their specialities, particularly in the realm of International Studies and related fields such as Human Rights and Intercultural issues..
Skills will be perfected through study and analysis of up-to-date texts on current events and foreign policies, with spontaneous class debates and voluntary, brief oral presentations on chosen themes. Training in listening comprehension will also be included.
Examination methods: For attending students (80% of the lessons) it is possible to choose a system of continuous assessment to count for 50% of the final grade. Continuous assessment consists in the elaboration of a well-structured essay of about 450 words done at home on a theme selected from a list provided by the instructor, an oral presentation in class on a theme compatible with the course, lasting about 10 minutes, followed by a debate and/or comments, and a final exam consisting in one essay (instead of two), without an oral test. An international negotiation role-playing session will also be organized.

For the non-attending students, the final exam consists of two essays of about 450 words on a theme studied in class. There is no oral test, but non-attending students must come to at least one of the scheduled “ricevimento” (to be published) so that the instructor might follow the student’s work and converse with her/him in English.

Conversations during “ricevimento” always take place in English.
Assessment criteria: Students shall be evaluated on the knowledge acquired during the course and the capacity to re-use it in international and intercultural environments. It is essential to develop a critical mind and to be able to defend a personal opinion in an eloquent manner. Prepared oral reports must be delivered by using notes, and not by reading from an article.

As for written expression, the following will be evaluated: structure (coherent paragraphs, brief and precise introduction, the ability to compose balanced sentences, coherent development in the body of the essay, a clear conclusion which does not repeat the introduction), the ability to write clearly and with proper syntax, and the capacity to properly cite sources and references.
Course unit contents: The texts to be studied will be taken from a variety of sources such as Foreign Policy Magazine, The New Yorker, The Economist,
and others, according to events and the desired journalistic quality.

Documentaries online or on DVD, some of which by renowned specialists and journalists such as Naomi Klein and the social economist Robert Reich, will be projected for lexical study, critical analysis and spontaneous debate. Material from the documentaries can also be included to substantiate written work.

Some lessons will be devoted to the techniques of negotiation in an international environment, through study of theory and
role-playing. Others will be devoted to the language and customs of the intercultural work environment.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Study of texts for spontaneous discussion, study of documentaries for listening comprehension and comment, study of the techniques of academic and professional writing, role-play.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Texts taken from Foreign Policy Magazine, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Washington Post, The Guardian and others of specialists international affairs, the environment and economics.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Mauro Galluccio, editor, Handbook of International Negotiation. Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2015. Biblioteca Ettore Anchieri. Excerpts to be uploaded on Moodle.
  • Noami Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. --: Knopf Canada, 2008. Documentary (DVD) 2009
  • Robert Reich, Saving Capitalism for the Many, not the Few. New York: Knopf, 2015. Documentary (DVD) "Inequality for All" , 2013.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Use of online videos

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

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