Citizenship in a changing world
- A.A. 2018/2019
- CFU 4
- Ore 20
- Classe di laurea LM-52
- Exhaustive knowledge of the general lines of contemporary world and European history, and the main aspects of its social, political and economic transformations, focused on changes and continuities.
- General knowledge of the main institutional models designed to regulate relations between individuals as between them and the community (public life), and to represent and influence the social and cultural development.
The Laboratory aims at providing a moment of discussion of current problems related to the concept of citizenship seen as a key element of a dynamic relationship between individuals as between them and the political community.
The students will develop skills necessary to approach issues created by globalisation process. The laboratory will focus primarily on the widening gap between attributed membership (we are/aren't recognized by others as a community member) and self-perceived identity (we increasingly perceive our hybridity of belonging), which are challenging the Eurocentric Nineteenth century nation-state based concept of citizenship.
Even in its "golden age" the nation-state order was contested in theory - by cosmopolitans (Kant, Perpetual peace), anarchists, Marxists and other internationalists, and denied in everyday life practice by continuous economic, cultural and social doings on sub-national and trans-national level. Today National governments have bestowed extra-territorial privileges for favoured businesses - energy, IT, finance, media - and workers - CEOs, global stars in entertainment industry or R&D, thus undermining the idea of democratic, equal citizenship within nation-states. The conflict Anywheres vs Somewheres threatens the basic preconditions for development and maintanance of equality and democracy.
The students will partecipate in discussions aimed at deepening their understanding of the main issues related to the changing relationship related to:
1) Top-down process of membership, attributed independently of individual choice, which imposes obedience to governmental coercion.
2) Bottom-up process of membership, based on spontaneous submission of individuals through feelings of belonging and identity which promote individual's moral obligations, compassion and responsibility towards community.
3) The prospects of future citizenship urging for a scaling-up or scale-jumping of communities of belonging; new identities are conflicting with the nation-state ideal of citizenship integration, assimilation and welfare based on the notion of shared national solidarity and income distribution among members of the community of belonging.
- 1. (A) Ayelet Shachar, Rainer Bauboeck, Irene Bloemraad, and Maarten Vink The Oxford Handbook of Citizenship Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2017 » Pagine/Capitoli: selectad chapters as indicated by the lecturer
The lecturer will provide the reading materials most suited for both attending and non attending students, selected from the chapters of the Oxford Handbook of Citizenship and other on-line academic journals related to the topic.
The students will be enouraged to work autonomously in small teams of cca. 3-5 members and provide suggestions for innovative approaches towards issues introduced by the lecturer.
The lecturer will provide materials, such as selected readings, on-line materials and statistical data sets, videos etc, aimed at providing suggestions for discussion.
The active participation of students during discussion time is strongly encouraged. Discussions of case studies are aimed to promote the critical capacity of the students and their team-working ability.
The course is hold every week, according to the academic calendar. Every week consists of 2 hours of lecture and 4 hours of discussion. The discussion includes work-in-group sessions. Each discussion is related to the weekly lecture and the readings needed will be always provided a week in advance.