History of political doctrines

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course provides the broad outlines of the history of political doctrines from antiquity to the modernity and the tools necessary to understand the main theoretical aspects of political reflection placed in its peculiar historical context.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course the student will be able to grasp theoretical continuity and conceptual peculiarities in the history of political thought from antiquity to modernity. They will also be able to place the most representative authors and works in their historical contexts and will be able to utilize specific language properties and lexicon appropriate to express, in a clear and effective form, philosophical-political concepts. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous meeting with the instructor in the classroom. The discussion around the proposed sources will be an essential moment of critical reflection and methodological learning. Finally, participation in seminars and meetings proposed within the activities of the Department of Historical Studies will be of great importance.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training actives for academic year 2021/22 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation
Course syllabus
Title of course: Revolution and freedom in the 19th century (60 hours, 9 cfu).

Part A (20 hours, 3 cfu): History of political theories (Modern Era).
Part B (20 hours, 3 cfu): History of political theories (Contemporary Period) and study of forms of government from antiquity to contemporary era
Part C (20 hours, 3 cfu): Democracy, revolution and freedom in the 19th century

The course aims to illustrate to students who have been the main authors of modern and contemporary political thought, and also to reflect on the relationships between state, government and society by analyzing the theoretical foundation of the various forms of government that have characterized life collective starting from antiquity. Finally, particular attention will be paid to illustrating the concepts of revolution and freedom, as presented by some protagonists of political reflection in the 19th century.
Prerequisites for admission
Must have an adeguate knowledge of the timelines of history in the western world from antiquity to the contemporary era.
The course is reserved exclusively for students of degree courses of Storia and of Scienze umanistiche per la comunicazione.
Teaching methods
The course is made up of lectures, during which there will be a specific time dedicated to requested comments, observations and questions from students. Full participation, even though not compulsory, is strongly advised.
Teaching Resources
For students who attended the lectures (parts A and B for 6 cfu; parts A, B e C for 9 cfu)

Part A
J.-J. Chevallier, Le grandi opere del pensiero politico. Da Machiavelli ai giorni nostri, Bologna, il Mulino

Part B
N. Bobbio, La teoria delle forme di governo nella storia del pensiero politico, Torino, Giappichelli

Part C
Two texts to choose from:
M. Bakunin, La libertà degli uguali, Elèuthera, Milano
K. Marx-F. Engels, Manifesto del Partito Comunista, Einaudi, Torino
G. Mazzini, Pensieri sulla democrazia in Europa, nuova edizione, Feltrinelli. Milano
J. Stuart Mill, Saggio sulla libertà, il Saggiatore, Milano
(the texts can also be read to other editions)

Exam program for students who did not attend the lectures (parts A and B, for 6 cfu; parts A, B e C, for 9 cfu)

Part A
J.-J. Chevallier, Le grandi opere del pensiero politico. Da Machiavelli ai giorni nostri, Bologna, il Mulino

Part B
N. Bobbio, La teoria delle forme di governo nella storia del pensiero politico, Torino, Giappichelli
(for 6 cfu non-attending students will also have to read: S. Varengo, Pagine anarchiche. Petr Kropotkin e il mensile Freedom (1886-1914), Biblion, Milano)

Part C
Two texts to choose from:
M. Bakunin, La libertà degli uguali, Elèuthera, Milano
K. Marx-F. Engels, Manifesto del Partito Comunista, Einaudi, Torino
G. Mazzini, Pensieri sulla democrazia in Europa, nuova edizione, Feltrinelli. Milano
J. Stuart Mill, Saggio sulla libertà, il Saggiatore, Milano
(the texts can also be brought to other editions)
(for 9 cfu non-attending students will also have to read: S. Varengo, Pagine anarchiche. Petr Kropotkin e il mensile Freedom (1886-1914), Biblion, Milano)
Assessment methods and Criteria
Preliminary written text and oral exam: For students only who regularly attend the course, during the last lesson there is an optional written exam relating to the first two parts, which can, at the student's discretion, replace the part of the oral exam relating to the first two parts. The oral exam consists of an interview on the program topics, aimed at ascertaining the student's knowledge of the history of political doctrines in general, of forms of government from antiquity to the contemporary era, and to discuss about democracy and freedom according to the authors proposed in the course.

The program is valid starting from the exam period in June 2021 and, for students who did not attend the lectures, substitutes the one used in the previous academic year.

Incoming international or Erasmus students are invited to make contact with the appointed professor as soon as possible.
The modalities of the exams for students with disabilities and/or ADS must be agreed upon by the professor in accordance with the appropriate office (Ufficio disabili e DSA).
Unita' didattica A
SPS/02 - HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
SPS/02 - HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
SPS/02 - HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours