By attending the lectures and by studying the textbooks, the students shall be able to:
1. Know and understand the basic concepts of the theory of democracy, capability approach and ethics of care;
2. Apply the acquired knowledge to the main problems addressed in the current practice of democracy, especially as far as the relationship between people and institutions;
3. Understand and master the special vocabulary of political theory;
4. Improve their language skills and expressive abiliy;
Course contents summary
This course addresses three main subjects:
1. The impact of Covid-19 on the relationship between people and institutions.
2. Critical analysis of some issues concerning contemporary democracy (e.g.: common good, citizenship, community, rights, globalization, pluralism, tolerance);
3. The role of the law in the society with regard to bioethics, education, communication, environment.
R. Gatti, L. Alici, I. Vellani (ed.), Vademecum della democrazia. Un dizionario per tutti, Editrice AVE, Roma 2020: Ambiente, Bene comune, Città, Cittadinanza, Comunità, Diritti e doveri, Dono, Educazione civica, Europeismo/Europa, Famiglia e mezzi di comunicazione, Globalizzazione, Lavoro, Partiti e movimenti politici, Pluralismo, Relazione, Responsabilità politica, Tolleranza.
M. Zanichelli, Persone prima che disabili. Una riflessione sull'handicap tra giustizia ed etica, Queriniana, Brescia 2012, pp. 7-86.
Lectures are basically intended to help the students
- to master the topics addressed in the textbooks;
- to develop an autonomous learning method;
- to acquire critical abilities in relation to the topics studied.
Assessment methods and criteria
Oral examination, consisting of some questions concerning the issues addressed in the lectures and textbooks.
- broadness and depth of the acquired knowledge;
- adequate competence in order to understand the mentioned topics;
- thoughtful exposition of the subjects, beyond a mechanical repetition;
- language skills and expressive ability.