Society, law, and development

A.A. 2020/2021
9
Crediti massimi
63
Ore totali
SSD
SPS/12
Lingua
Inglese
Obiettivi formativi
The course's objective is primarily to explore the basic sociological concepts in the understanding of modern societies and their development, with a particular emphasis on sustainability. The workshop on Social mobility and social inequality will examine the theoretical approaches of the social sciences to inequalities.
Risultati apprendimento attesi
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
- articulate orally and in writing an original and critical stance on the different social theories concerning the functioning of social groups and individual behaviour.
- understand and evaluating critically the core sociological and socio-legal concepts, which are relevant to sustainable development;
- understanding the methodology of formulating hypotheses and verifying testable propositions in the social sciences.  
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Responsabile
Periodo
Primo semestre
TEACHING METHODS
In the first semester, Monday's classes will be taught in a multimedia classroom
following the lessons timetable and will be live-streamed. Students will be able to
attend in person (within the limits required by the social distancing rules
applicable at the material time) or remotely.
The other classes will be live-streamed on Microsoft Teams, following the
lessons timetable. They may require prior readings and include pre-recorded
components. Live-streamed lessons will also be recorded and will be available
on the same platform.
The course will alternate and combine lectures and seminar teaching and will be
tailored to match the learning necessities of students attending physically and
remotely alike.

SYLLABUS
The course programme is unchanged. However, the specific contents of classes
will adapt to the teaching methods outlined above.

TEACHING RESOURCES
Reference materials for each class will be uploaded to the Ariel course website.

ASSESSMENT METHODS AND CRITERIA
No changes: see the relevant section.
Programma
(Prof. Cominelli) - Course topics (6 ECTS):
· Introduction: sustainability and society (week 1)
· Sociological concepts (week 2)
· Groups, classes and inequality (week 3)
· Organizations and bureaucracies (week 4)
· Law and Development (week 5)
· Conflict and violence (week 6)
· Law and social control - Deviance (week 7)
· Behavior and emotion (week 8)
· Behavior and emotion (week 9)
· Legal pluralism and globalization (week 10)
· Social Sustainability - Research methods in the social sciences (week 11)

Study Materials (available on ARIEL)
· Martinelli, Sociology in Political Practice and Public Discourse (week 2)
· Crozier, The Bureaucratic Phenomenon (week 4)
· van Schaik & Burkart, The evolution of human normativity (week 8)
· Tamanaha, Understanding Legal Pluralism: Past to Present, Local to Global (week 10)

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Workshop on: Social mobility and social inequality - Course topics (3 ECTS)

1) In/equalitity: Theories and definitions in an interdisciplinary perspective (week 1)
2) Subaltern and post-colonial studies: Epistemology of the South (week 2)
3) From "Gender" and "Race" to "GendeRace" responses to inequalities and beyod: A field of intersectionality studies (week 3)
4) Forms of capital and social mobility (week 4)
5) Inequalities in global v local contexts: Linking the macro to the micro (week 5)
6) Agency, empowerment and civil resistance: trans/national movements and NGOs (week 6)
7) The Anthropocene: climate change and inequalities (week 7)
8) Group case study presentation and discussion, starting from student's selected cases (week 8)
9) Group case study presentation and discussion, starting from student's selected cases (week 9)
10) Group case study presentation and discussion, starting from student's selected cases (week 10)

Teaching resources (available on ARIEL)
Santos, Boaventura de Sousa, Epistemologies of the South and the future, in From the European South, 2016, 1, 17-29 (week 2)
Crenshaw, Kimberlé W., Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence against Women of Color, in Stanford Law Review, 43, 6, 1991, 1241-1299 (week 3)
Bourdieu, Pierre, The Forms of Capital, in J. G. Richardson (edited by), Handbook of theory and research for the sociology of education, New York: Greenwood Press, 1986, 241-58. (week 4)
Baxi, Upendra, Voices of Suffering and the Future of Human Rights, in Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems, 8, 2, 1998, 125-170 (week 6)
Beck, Ulrich, Remapping social inequalities in an age of climate change: for a cosmopolitan renewal of sociology, in Global Networks. A Journal of Transnational Affairs, 10, 2, 165-181. (week 7)
Prerequisiti
None
Metodi didattici
The first part of the course will deal with the most influential theories of power, status, social stratification, justice, development and bureaucracy, with references to the latest empirical research and the support of selected readings of the classics of sociology and social sciences. With the theoretical foundations and concepts of sociology, we will review the methods of social research, to understand the capabilities and limitations of field research. In the second part, the course will explore the social foundations of development, underdevelopment and inequality, with its dynamics of social change, both inter-state and inter-individual. In the third part, the course will analyze the reciprocal interactions between society and the legal system, that is, how the law affects and is affected by the most important social processes. We will address in particular the issues of law as a social institution, the perception and the sense of justice, the management and resolution of conflicts, and the processes of globalization and migration.
Materiale di riferimento
TEXTBOOK:
Elwell, Sociocultural Systems (https://www.aupress.ca/books/120219-sociocultural-systems/)

READINGS
Sociology - Study Materials (available on ARIEL)
· Martinelli, Sociology in Political Practice and Public Discourse (week 2)
· Crozier, The Bureaucratic Phenomenon (week 4)
· van Schaik & Burkart, The evolution of human normativity (week 8)
· Tamanaha, Understanding Legal Pluralism: Past to Present, Local to Global (week 10)
Modalità di verifica dell’apprendimento e criteri di valutazione
1. Course attendance and class discussion of reading assignments: 30%
2. A mid-term oral/written test (October/November): 30%
3. A final-term written test with open-ended questions (January): 40%
Moduli o unità didattiche
Society, law, and development
SPS/12 - SOCIOLOGIA GIURIDICA, DELLA DEVIANZA E MUTAMENTO SOCIALE - CFU: 6
Lezioni: 42 ore
Docente: Cominelli Luigi

Workshop on: Social mobility and social inequality
SPS/12 - SOCIOLOGIA GIURIDICA, DELLA DEVIANZA E MUTAMENTO SOCIALE - CFU: 3
Lezioni: 21 ore

Docente/i
Ricevimento:
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Dipartimento Cesare Beccaria - Sezione di Filosofia e Sociologia del Diritto