Università degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo / Portale Web di Ateneo


SOCIETY AND POLITICS
SOCIETÀ E POLITICA

The political community and the new frontiers of being part of it
La comunità politica e le nuove frontiere dell'essere parte

A.Y. Credits
2017/2018 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Luigino Ceccarini Every week by appointment
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

International Politics, Society, Economics (LM-62)
Curriculum: POLITICO SOCIALE
Date Time Classroom / Location
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Learning Objectives

This course aims to provide and deepen the fundamental theoretical models and concepts for understanding the relationship between society and politics. This general topic is framed in the context of the representative democracy crisis, which affects the post-modern and post-ideological societies. A particular attention will be given to the political phenomena that are interlaced with the ideas of ??monitoring democracy and monitorial citizen. First, most fundamental concepts  - such as power, democracy, political system, political culture, social capital and representation - will be discussed critically in the light of the transformations of both, society and politics. Moreover, the evolution of citizens’ attitudes and the transformation of primary political actors will be addressed. The course starts from the key idea that the ??post-representative politics is developing in modern democracies, and for this reason lectures will be mainly devoted to the concept of political participation and its transformation. From this perspective, we will address some subjects concerning the main themes of the topic itself. Then, a particular attention will be paid to the new forms of citizens’ engagement and the transformations of the very concept of democratic citizenship. The role played by the internet and in particular by the social media in the democratic dynamics and, on the other side, dis-intermediate and post-bureaucratic forms of political participation will be discussed. Besides, the category of the political consumerism will also be taken into consideration, since it is interpreted as an expression of this kind of deep change, which affects the relationship between society and politics.

Program

The course is structured in two main sections. During the first part it will reconstruct the basic elements concerning politics and society by addressing key concepts and approaches. The second one will refer more specifically to the evolution of democracy and participation modes in the late modernity. However, the classicla categories of power, status, political system, party, social movement, and pressure group will be considered as fundamental components in the light of the the post-modern evolution. Citizens, voters and elections, socialization and political culture, media and audience, advocacy campaigns will also be discussed in the frame of globalization and its consequences. More specifically lectures and seminars will articulate the course as follows:


1. The study of politics: basic categories and their evolution

2. Forms, dimensions and changes in the concept and practices of democratic citizenship

3. Post-representative politics

4. Citizen participation and monitoring democracy

5. The monitorial citizen

6. Internet, social media and civic engagement

7. Political consumerism and dis-intermediated forms of participation

8. Measuring post-modern modes of participation.

Bridging Courses

Bridging courses are no needed.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

- Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course students must have acquired the knowledge of the basic theoretical elements and concepts concerning the relationship between society and politics. Educational methods used to reach these goals are: frontal lectures, workshop, seminars with scholars and experts and class discussion.

- Applying knowledge and understanding: students must be able to identify and apply appropriately the political studies lexicon, the concepts and theoretical models discussed throughout the course. In particular, they must be able to apply the acquired knowledge to the analysis of the transformation of politics and political behaviour.  Educational methods used to reach these goals: frontal lectures, seminars with scholars and experts, class discussion; workshop and team-working.

- Making judgements: the students will strengthen their ability to connect the concepts and theories presented throughout the course, their ability to deal with complex research problems and questions independently, to make judgements and critical reflections about political phenomena and their transformations. Educational methods used to reach these goals are: frontal lectures, workshops and team-working, seminars with scholars and experts, class discussion.

- Communication skills: the students must be able to clearly and incisively communicate, appropriately using the discipline lexicon and the main concepts discussed. Educational methods used to reach these goals also in this case are various: students will be asked to interact with the lecturer and with their colleagues, asking questions and actively participating to class discussion and presenting their essais.

- Learning skills: the students are supposed to develop adequate learning skills, so as to be able to extend and independently deepen the knowledge acquired throughout the course, following new paths of theoretical reflection or research. Educational methods used to reach these goals are: frontal lectures, audio-visual materials, seminars with scholars and experts, class discussion, writing an essay on the related topics.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

The lecturer will provide via blended learning platform a selection of materials, and useful links in order to deepening the knowledge on the discussed topics. Some seminars are also planned to be done.

Educational material and information provided by the professor will be available, together with other supporting acitivities, in the platform Moodle› blended.uniurb.it


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Frontal lectures with the use of audiovisual media, analysis of research outcome carried out by the LaPolis research team and discussion with student during workshops.

Attendance

Attendance is not required.

Course books

Segatori, R., Sociologia dei fenomeni politici, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2012

Ceccarini, L., La cittadinanza online, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015

Ceccarini, L., Consumare con impegno, La politica quotidiana tra botteghe del mondo e supermercato, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008

Assessment

Students can choose between two different exam methods:

1) oral examination. This is recommended to students who do not attend lectures or participate only occasionally;

2) written examination. In this case the final evaluation will take place at the end of the course (the date will be agreed with the students participating in the lessons).
For both, written and oral test, the evaluation criteria are as follows:
- relevance of responses to the content of the program;
- level of response articulation;
- relevance of the language used

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Studying for exam based on the text books listed below.

Attendance

Attendance is not required.

Course books

Segatori, R., Sociologia dei fenomeni politici, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2012

Ceccarini, L., La cittadinanza online, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2015

Ceccarini, L., Consumare con impegno, La politica quotidiana tra botteghe del mondo e supermercato, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2008

Assessment

Oral examination according to the academic schedule of exams

Notes

This is a "supported course". Students are able to request to sit the final exam in English with an alternative bibliography.

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