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POLITICAL THOUGHT OF GLOBALIZATION
PENSIERO POLITICO DELLA GLOBALIZZAZIONE

The political meaning of poverty in the global age
Il significato politico della povertà nell'età globale

A.Y. Credits
2017/2018 8
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Stefano Visentin After the classes

Assigned to the Degree Course

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

The course on Political Thought of Globalization aims to offer to the students a general and critical knowledge of the political (and also partially economical, juridical and social) phenomenons of the global age; at the same time, it aims to give the students the basic tools in order to understand the fundamental changing of the modern political lexicon and its concepts, such as nation-state, citizenship, democracy, civil society and so on.

From a methodological perspective, the course is organized in order to allow the students to afford the analysis of some recent events by reading and discussing in the class newspaper articles or journal essays.

Program

During the early modernity the concept of poverty experienced an epochal transformation, since the late-medieval meaning of poverty as a "form-of-life" wholly integrated in the social order was gradually substituted by an idea of poor as a marginal subject, alieneted from both the society and its productive system, and therefore to be reintegrated, even forcefully, within it.

In the XXth century, especially after the II world war, the developmental age represented the most ambitious attempt to defeat poverty at a global level, by means of macro-economical and political interventions, in particular within the so-called Third World; however, over the years this attempt has reveald a substantial failure in achieving its aim.

The present cours will start with a brief introduction, which deals with the history of the concept of poverty between the end of Middleage and the beginning of Modernity. Then, its second part will focus on the most recent criticisms of the capitalistic development and of the idea of poverty following from it. In conclusion, a critical analysis will be expanded over the possibility of an "alternative" application of the concepts of poverty and poor, aiming at a radical transformation of the contemporay politics of the subaltern classes.

Bridging Courses

No bridging courses.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

At the end of the course the students must have developed the following abilities and competences:

1. contextualize the comlexity of the studied topics and recongnize them in similar political and social situations;

2. clearly communicate to expert and non-expert interlocutors the theoretical achievements of the studied analysis, by a genetical reconstrucion and a focusing on the problematic issues;

3. acquire a critical and autonomous ablity to afford social and political themes (both in method and in contents) similar to those considered duting the course.

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

Whenever any set text is not procurable, it will be made available in Pdf format on the Moodle platform of the course.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Mainly frontal lecture, with the possibility for the students to intervene with detailed studies and in collective discussions.

Morevore, it is expected that during the course some scholars from the University of Urbino or from other universities will be invited to give lectures about topics related to the course subjects.

Attendance

No attendance is requested.

Course books

Giorgio Agamben, Altissima povertà. Regole monastiche e forme di vita, Neri Pozza, Vicenza 2011, parte I, pp. 11-81; parte III, pp. 115-178

Majid Rahnema, Povertà, in Dizionario dello sviluppo, a cura di W. Sachs, EGA, Milano 2004, pp. 185-214

Kalyan Sanyal, Ripensare lo sviluppo capitalistico, La Casa Usher, Firenze, 2009

Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Comune, Rizzoli, Milano 2011, Prima parte, pp. 17-72; Terza parte, pp. 137-202

Assessment

Oral examinations, directed to verify both the ability to synthesize information and the comunicative and the expressive skills of the students, as well as the achievement of the suitable political language.

During the classes there will be the possibiliy for the students to present a paper and/or give a lecture on specific subjects, which will contribute to determine the final grade.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Mainly frontal lecture, with the possibility for the students to intervene with detailed studies and in collective discussions.

Morevore, it is expected that during the course some scholars from the University of Urbino or from other universities will be invited to give lectures about topics related to the course subjects.

Attendance

No attendance is requested.

Course books

Giorgio Agamben, Altissima povertà. Regole monastiche e forme di vita, Neri Pozza, Vicenza 2011, parte I, pp. 11-81; parte III, pp. 115-178

Majid Rahnema, Povertà, in Dizionario dello sviluppo, a cura di W. Sachs, EGA, Milano 2004, pp. 185-214

Kalyan Sanyal, Ripensare lo sviluppo capitalistico, La Casa Usher, Firenze, 2009

Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Comune, Rizzoli, Milano 2011, Prima parte, pp. 17-72; Terza parte, pp. 137-202

Assessment

Oral examination, directed to verify both the ability to synthesize information and the comunicative and the expressive skills of the students, as well as the achievement of the suitable political language

Notes

The student can request to sit the final exam in English with a bibilography to be chosen upon aggreement with the lecturer.

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