Media, culture e societa' - FILOSOFIA POLITICA E GIORNALISMO (M) (2020/2021)

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Name of lecturer
Olivia Guaraldo
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CuCi IIB dal Apr 14, 2021 al May 29, 2021.

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Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The course intends to introduce and discuss some of the main themes of political philosophy with particular attention to both contemporary debates and socio-political transformations taking place in the globalized world. The focus will be placed on the question of democracy and the problems of contemporary democracy.
Prerequisites: general notions of modern and contemporary history and history of philosophy.
The skills that the students must have acquired at the end of the course will be:
- knowledge of the main concepts of modern and contemporary theoretical reflection on politics:
- ability to apply this concept to the reading of contemporary phenomena concerning the relationship between society, media and culture
- ability to critically analyze cultural, political and social messages in the media


Crisis', 'emergency', 'state of exception' seem to have become the nouns with which today every form of government and every administrative process must face. Not only the recent pandemic and the sanitary emergency that followed, but also the economic crisis, the emergency state caused by natural catastrophes seem to indicate a situation in which the crisis has become an ordinary and recurrent element. In this course we will attempt at tracing a genealogy of these three nouns showing how at every epoch corresponds a different way of conceiving crisi, emergency and state of exception.
Particular attention will be given to the economic crisis (2008-2010), to the natural catastrophe of the Italian earthquake in Northern Italy ( 2012), and most of all the recent pandemic of Covid-19 (2020).
If it is true that every crisis reveals something of the world in which it has generated, it is also true that every crisis is accompanied by a public discourse which uses certain metaphors and images, aimed at affirming its exceptional and innovative character. The class will work as a laboratory in which we explore metaphors, narratives, images that have been mobilized during the recent pandemic crisis in order to test both their critical and transformative potential.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
AA.VV La pandemia da Covid-19 2020 Collezione di articoli, saggi, interviste e materiale multimediale raccolto dalla docente nella primavera 2020.
Giolo, O. Pastore, B. Vulnerabilità: analisi multidisciplinare di un concetto Carocci 2018

Assessment methods and criteria

Oral exam on scheduled texts.

The exam discussion will begin with a presentation by the student of a case study (concept, event, fact, phenomenon, etc.) freely chosen and prepared by leaning on the texts in the program.

• The program and the exam procedures are the same for attending and non-attending students.
• Preparation of the presentation for the oral examination may also be inspired by the discussions emerged during the lessons, and possibly by additional materials distributed in class.
• Participation in class discussions will have a positive impact on the final grade.