Oral and written exams (the latter only for attending students).
The course of Politics, Institutions and International Relations aims to illustrate the conceptual tools and the main theoretical and methodological guidelines underpinning political science, both in its internal ad international dimensions. The course focuses on basic skills allowing critical reflections on past and contemporary political phenomena, with particular reference to changes in political regimes, institutional structures and decision-making dynamics, characteristics of democracy and processes of political representation. The course will also discuss fundamental theoretical and analytical concepts, on conflict, war, security and peace, in order to use critically and autonomously the theoretical and analytical elements acquired through the empirical analysis of case studies.
The program of the course consists of three parts. The first part deals with some of the classic themes of political science: the phenomenology of power and authority, the empirical analysis of political power in national states and in local communities, the significance of violence and ideology in relations between the rulers and the ruled. Necessary theoretical and conceptual insights and appropriate methodological references are provided. In the second part, the course focuses on conceptual, theoretical and empirical analysis of modern political regimes, with particular reference to the development of democracies. More specifically, it focuses on three thematic areas: the first examines the actors of representation and political participation (parties, groups, collective movements); the second outlines the relations between parliamentary institutions, governments and bureaucracies; the third describes the processes of formulation and implementation of public policies. The third part of the course focuses on debates and theories in International Relations, with particular reference to realism, liberalism and systemic theories. The specific subject of the program, in this part, will be some of the classic themes of International Relations, such as the dynamics of conflict and co-operation between states, interactions between the domestic political system and the international system, changes in the international system and security policies after the the Second World War, the advent of the European Community and the processes of Europeanisation of public policies
M. Cotta, D. della Porta, L. Morlino, Political Science, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2008, excepted capp. II, VI, X, XVI.
M. Stoppino, Power and Political Theory, Genoa, Ecig, 1996, only the first part: capp. I, II, III, IV, V, VI.
Lectures and seminars
at the end of every lecture or seminar, or by e-mail appointment. Office hours will take place, if possible, in the teacher's room at the Department of Law, Viale Mancini, 5. Otherwise, via TEAMS platform.