The course is aimed at providing a critical understanding of globalization processes through the analysis of the main key-concepts, theories and methodologies developed in the field of social sciences for the empirical study of complex societies in a globalized context. Through the analysis of globalization seen as a complex economic, cultural and political phenomenon, the course will offer the most suitable tools aimed at investigating the links existing between macro and micro levels, paying particular attention to rights and to the consequences of globalization on individuals, identities, organization of daily life, times and spaces of different societies. Finally, the course will allow students to gain familiarity with the language and theories existing in this field and to develop autonomy of judgement in the topics addressed (through written and/or oral presentations and team work).
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding: at the end of the course students will know the multiple components of globalization processes and the theoretical tools which allow their critical understanding according to an interdisciplinary approach;
Applying knowledge and understanding: knowledge acquired will allow students to grasp the links existing between micro and macro levels of the phenomena dealt with, their implications in terms of rights and their consequences at empirical level, both globally and nationally.
Lesson period: Second trimester
(In case of multiple editions, please check the period, as it may vary)
In the first part the course is aimed at providing a tool-box aimed at critically confronting the historical evolution of globalization processes, paying special attention to the dynamics occurred at economic, socio-cultural and political-institutional levels in the various societies. In the second part, attention is devoted to an in-depth analysis of a number of transformations and conflicts, at social, political, economic and cultural level, which have impacted contemporary society. In particular, this part of the course is focussed on the following topics: rights and global justice; international migration, borders and new global order; poverty/precariousness and new forms of exploitation; intercultural relations and plural identities; emerging subjectivities and new social movements.
Prerequisites for admission
No specific prerequisites are requested.
The course foresees frontal introductory lessons, seminars and discussions with experts and observers and students' active participation through discussions, group work, presentations and papers.
Programme for students attending the course: For the general part, students attending the course should refer to the following texts: - Ulrich Beck, Che cos'è la globalizzazione. Rischi e prospettive della società planetaria, Roma, Carocci, 1999 - Saskia Sassen, Espulsioni. Brutalità e complessità nell'economia globale, il Mulino, Bologna, 2015.
Moreover, for the special part of the programme, students attending the course are required to choose 1 topic, among the 4 listed below, which they will focus on. The bibliography related to each of the 4 topics is available on the Ariel web-page of this course. The 4 topics addressed in the special part of the programme are: 1. International migration, borders and new global order; 2. Poverty/precariousness and new forms of exploitation; 3. Intercultural relations and plural identities; 4. Emerging subjectivities and new social movements.
Programme for students not attending the course: For the general part, students not attending the course should refer to the following texts: - Ulrich Beck, Che cos'è la globalizzazione. Rischi e prospettive della società planetaria, Roma, Carocci, 1999; - Saskia Sassen, Espulsioni. Brutalità e complessità nell'economia globale, il Mulino, Bologna, 2015.
Moreover, for the special part of the programme, students not attending the course should refer to the following text: - Arjun Appadurai, Modernità in polvere. Dimensioni culturali della globalizzazione, Meltemi, Roma, 2004 (Introduction, chapters 1, 2, 3 and 8).
Assessment methods and Criteria
For students attending the course there will be 1 written pre-exam which foresees 3 open questions dealing with the general part of the programme which will be evaluated along the scale 0-30. Moreover, it is foreseen their active participation during lessons, seminars and meetings with experts, group discussions and a final paper focussing on 1 of the topics addressed in the special part of the programme. The final grade (0-30) will be achieved considering the outcomes of the written pre-exam, the participation to group discussions/oral presentations and the final paper.
For students not attending the course there will be a written final exam consisting in 5 open questions dealing with both the general and special part of the programme which will be evaluated along the scale 0-30.
Both students attending and not attending the course are required to show the achievement of an adequate understanding of the key-concepts related to globalization and the main theoretical approaches dealing with the study of global phenomena which are addressed in the special part of the programme. The use of a proper language and the ability to link together different contents and topics will be particularly appreciated.