Courses

POLHIST 2013-2014

Courses found: 13


Advanced Topics of Political History

This course will be organized as series of reading groups or specialized seminars by members or collaborators of the IMT research units
120 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: TBD
Available for Curricula: Political History  (ADV) ;


Empires

This course interacts strongly with most of the other courses (Globalisation, State Formation and Evolution, Political Development, International Relations). The phenomenon of Empires, however, deserves a course on its own, aimed at presenting the most relevant historical models.
12 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Mark Gilbert, The Johns Hopkins University, Bologna
Available for Curricula: Political History  (CORE) ;


Ethics and Research: Objectivity, Neutrality and Values in Science (long seminar)

The idea that science – “pure” science, that is, as opposed to “applied” science, that is technology – is a morally neutral enterprise is often presented as a matter of fact. It is obviously so, it is argued, because the task of science, as we understand it, is that of explaining phenomena, not that of telling how phenomena should be. And it is importantly so, because any interference of values (broadly conceived) in the scientific discourse would entail the subordination of the search for truth, which is taken to be as the aim of science, to politics, religion, or any metaphysical framework. The well known case of Galileo (1564-1642), or that of Lysenko (1598-1976) – however different they were – are all too clear warnings about what might happen if scientific research were to depend on values alien to it.
In this series of seminars students will be exposed to and challenged by a different view. According to a growing number of philosophers of science, the commitment to values is inescapable for scientists, for values are indeed part and parcel of scientific research. In order to prevent cases such as those of Galileo and Lysenko from happening again, however, the often conflated ideas of “objectivity” and “neutrality” (scientific knowledge must be neutral in order to be objective, that is) must be clearly distinguished. Furthermore, it may be argued that any attempt to free scientists from any moral responsibility would not only prevent them from achieving the independence they rightly strive for, but would seriously challenge it.
Structure of the “long seminar” (preliminary): 2-3 introductory lectures and a series of seminars (presentation of papers by students + discussion).
10 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Stefano Gattei
Available for Curricula: Computer Science  (SUGG) ; Systems Science  (SUGG) ; Image Analysis  (SUGG) ; Management Sciences  (SUGG) ; Economics  (SUGG) ; Management and Development of Cultural Heritage  (SUGG) ; Political History  (SUGG) ;


History and Theories of International Relations

The course aims at presenting the major theories of international relations. It will draw heavily from historical examples to test their validity.
12 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Vladislav Zubok, LSE
Available for Curricula: Political History  (CORE) ;


History and Theory of Historiography

This course aims at acquainting the students with the most relevant theories of history writing which have been discussed, and applied, in the XIX and XX centuries. The course will have a theoretical component and will partially be taught ex cathedra, but the students will also be asked to work individually on some major historical works. In addition to the 20 hours, students will be asked to present their research projects and have them discussed by the faculty.
20 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Mauro Moretti, Università per stranieri, Siena
Available for Curricula: Political History  (CORE) ;


History of Globalisation (long seminar)

History of the international economy in the XVIII, XIX and XX centuries. The course aims at presenting the main features of the commercial integration of the world in the last three centuries, how international institutions have tried to manage it, and – at least on a theoretical level – the consequences it had on the social and political stability of individual countries.
20 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Mauro Campus, Università degli Studi di Firenze
Available for Curricula: Political History  (CORE) ;


Intellectual Property and Management of Research (long seminar)

1. A short introduction to the funding schemes of Horizon 2020
1.1 Support of frontier research by the European Research Council:
Starting and Advanced Grants, Proof of Concept, Synergy Grant
1.2 Support of future and emerging technology: FET flagships initiatives
1.3 Training and career perspectives of researchers: Marie Curie actions

2. Other funding opportunities in EU and USA: the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst for Germany; Fulbright scholarships for USA; the Royal Society in UK; joint cooperation projects with France.
3. How to write a budget of a proposal.
4. How to manage your granted project.

Some seminars by invited experts will be offered.
15 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Marco Paggi
Available for Curricula: Computer Science  (SUGG) ; Systems Science  (SUGG) ; Image Analysis  (SUGG) ; Management Sciences  (SUGG) ; Economics  (SUGG) ; Management and Development of Cultural Heritage  (SUGG) ; Political History  (SUGG) ;


Methods and Languages

The course aims at introducing the students to an array of quantitative and qualitative methodologies which could either be used immediately in historical analysis, or at least make historians aware of what is being done in neighbouring disciplines.
30 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Michael Freeden, Oxford University / Mario Quaranta, LUISS
Available for Curricula: Political History  (CORE) ;


Religions and Their Political Impact

The course aims at considering how, in the last two centuries, religions and religiosity have conditioned political institutions and the political struggle. It will take into account actual religions, but also confront specifically political, secularised religions, discussing whether the category of religiosity can be applied also in their case, and what is the different impact in the public sphere of traditional religions as opposed to political ones.
12 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Tiziano Bonazzi, Università di Bologna
Available for Curricula: Political History  (CORE) ;


Revolutions

The course treats the main international, political, and social aspects of revolutions in the last century. Particularly, it analyses revolutions in Russia and China and their global impact, in terms of ideologies, geopolitical change, social transformations. Consequently, the course focuses on the relationship between communism and revolution, and between war and revolution. At the same time, its purpose is to contribute understanding the birth of new revolutionary phenomena, such as the global uprise of 1968 and the islamic revolution, as well as the crisis of the notion of revolution in European political culture in the last part of the century. A specific reflection will be devoted to the end of European communism in 1989 and its interpretation as revolution or collapse.

The lessons are organized as follows:
1. The Russian revolution and its world impact
2. The Chinese revolution and the South of the World
3. The global 1968 and the crisis of revolution in Europe
12 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Silvio Pons, Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata"
Available for Curricula: Political History  (CORE) ;


Scientific Writing, Dissemination and Evaluation (long seminar)

TBD
6 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Luca Aceto, Reykjavik University
Available for Curricula: Computer Science  (SUGG) ; Systems Science  (SUGG) ; Image Analysis  (SUGG) ; Management Sciences  (SUGG) ; Economics  (SUGG) ; Management and Development of Cultural Heritage  (SUGG) ; Political History  (SUGG) ;


States and Markets

The main topic is the political economy of state formation in historical and comparative perspective. We will read some classic works by economic historians, sociologists and political scientists and try to relate this work to the modern literature (in economics) on the political economy of state capacity. We will also briefly talk of some theories (old and new) on the origins of federalism, and try to relate this work to the literature on state formation. rules and redistribution.
20 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Andrea Vindigni
Available for Curricula: Economics  (CORE) ; Political History  (CORE) ;


Theories of Political Development

The course aims at acquainting the students with the main theories as to the transformation of the political sphere over time, mostly focussing its attention on the XIX and XX Centuries and on the Western context. It will draw heavily from historical examples.
12 Hours
Professors / Lecturers: Paolo Pombeni, Università di Bologna
Available for Curricula: Political History  (CORE) ;