History of Political Institutions (i)
Scientific Disciplinary Sector (SSD)
SPS/03 - HISTORY OF POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS
2 A dal Feb 14, 2022 al Mar 26, 2022.
Acquisition of particular skills and abilities in dealing with vocabulary and specific issues regarding the composition, functioning and role of modern political institutions (Eighteenth-Twentieth centuries).
Lessons from the virus: Michel Foucault, the State and Covid-19
Course content (for both attending and non-attending students):
1. Firstly, by focusing on classical political philosophers (Hobbes, Rousseau, Locke, Marx), the course will investigate the origin of key-concepts (individual, individual rights, representation, sovereignty) used to understand the State as an institution in modern – and sometimes contemporary – political thought, as well as the main political doctrines that shaped politics in modernity (absolutism, liberalism, democracy, socialism).
2. Secondly, the course will analyze Foucault’s critique to these concepts and doctrines as well as the new categories he coined (disciplinary power, biopolitics, pastoral power) in order to point out how, starting from the Twentieth Century, philosophy has looked at political institutions in a different way and has thus given way to a new era of thought.
The political management of endemics, epidemic, pandemics will be examined as an example to understand how different forms of power govern society.
Lectures based on reading and interpretation of the texts and discussions.
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For both attending and non-attending students: oral exam (from June 2022 to February 2023).
The students are required to bring the readings at the exam.
The evaluation will be based on:
- pertinence of the answers,
- consequentiality of the arguments,
- ability to think in a personal and independent way.