Checking date: 18/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

Study: Bachelor in International Studies (305)

Coordinating teacher: GREPPI , ANDREA

Department assigned to the subject: Department of International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law, Department of Social Sciences

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Branch of knowledge: Social Sciences and Law

Learning results and competences and skills that will be acquired.Further information on this link
BASIC COMPETENCES CB1 - Be able to show that they possess and comprehend facts and contents in an area of study which, based on a previous general secondary school level, have been extended to those included in advanced textbooks and in some aspects proceed from the most advanced studies in this area. CB2 - Be able to show that they have learned how to apply their knowledge in a critical perspective, placing theoretical knowledge in the context of their future jobs or tasks and that they possess the competences needed to develop and defend arguments and solve problems in that area of study. CB3 - Be able to show that they are capable of collecting and interpreting the relevant data (normally within their area of study) needed for formulating judgments which require critical thought on social, scientific and ethical topics of relevance. CB4 - Be able to show that they are able to transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions both to specialized and non-specialized publics. CB5 - Be able to show that they have developed the learning skills required to perform further studies with a high degree of self-dependence. GENERAL COMPETENCES CG1 - Understand social, political, legal and economic realities from a comparative perspective. CG2 - Be able to approximate and analyze the issues of equal opportunities, multi-cultural society, political ideological and cultural pluralism, human rights, and the international community from the normative perspective developed by legal and political theory. CG3 - Be able to debate and formulate critical reasoning, using precise terminology and specialized resources, when analyzing international and global phenomena, employing both the concepts and knowledge from different disciplines as well as the methods of analysis, paradigms and concepts pertaining to the Social Sciences. CG4 - Be able to apply scientific method to the economic, social and political questions of a global society; be able to formulate problems in this context, identify a possible explication or solution, and a method to contrast them by sensibly interpreting the data. OVERLAPPING COMPETENCES CT1 - Acquire the capacity to communicate knowledge in oral and written form, both to specialized and to non-specialized publics. CT2 - Acquire the capacity to establish good interpersonal communication and to work both in interdisciplinary and international teams. CT3 - Acquire the capacity to organize and plan workloads, taking correct decisions based on the available information, collecting and interpreting relevant data in order to provide assessments in that area of study. CT4 - Develop the motivation and capacity to perform independent continuous learning for life, with an endowment to adapt to change and new situations. SPECIFIC COMPETENCES CE1 - Understand the main social and political dynamics which generate inequality in contemporary societies and its consequences, and comprehend the principles on which equal opportunity policies are based. CE2 - Be familiar with the principal theories of social and political justice CE3 - Be familiar with and understand the different layers of inequality that arise in the global society. CE4 - Be familiar with and understand the legal framework of Human Rights, as an institutional guarantee against inequalities at national and supra-national level. CE5 - Be able to analyze and compare contemporary policies from the specific perspective of inequality. CE6 - Be able to critically relate present and past events and processes that foster inequality. CE7 - Be able to formulate basic economic, social, political problems of justice in an international context. CE8 - Be able to carry out case studies and apply comparative method to analyze institutions, processes and policies in different countries. CE9 - Understand the consequences of inequality LEARNING OUTCOMES · Knowledge of the academic literature on social justice with a special focus on the many kinds of inequality in a globalized world. · Knowledge of the academic literature on social stratification in contemporary and understanding of empirical evidence compared societies. · Applied knowledge to understand the role of the family, gender issues, political participation, education systems and labor markets in social inequality.
Description of contents: programme
Section 1 - AN INTRODUCTION TO INEQUALITY Lecture 1 - Inequality: a matter of principles Lecture 2 - Inequality measurement Section 2 - MATERIAL INEQUALITY Lecture 3 - Inequality and markets: Global income distribution Lecture 4 - Inequality and markets: Justice and rights Lecture 5 - Inequality and markets: The role of policies Lecture 6 - Inequality and markets: conflicting ideological approaches Section 3 - IMMATERIAL INEQUALITY Lecture 7 - Inequality of opportunities Lecture 8 - Structural Inequality: Gender and race Lecture 9 - Inequality and education Lecture 10 - Inequality, culture, and religion Lecture 11 - Inequality and discrimination Lecture 12 - Inequality and democracy: minorities, poverty, and violence
Learning activities and methodology
Students will acquire the knowledge and skills through lectures on readings and discussions in class, under the guidance of the teacher who will present the main topics and conceptual frameworks. Reading materials will be given at the beginning of the term and will provide the content of the final exam. Other interactive activities will be developed during the tutorials, in order to stimulate the analysis of specific problems and to elaborate a deeper understanding of the theoretical frameworks. There will be at least one general tutorial in the last weeks of the course in which the student will have the chance to clarify doubts about the main concepts and models used in the lectures, as well as doubts about assessment and the schedule of the course.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Basic Bibliography
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  • BANERJEE, Abhijit V. and Esther DUFLO. Poor Economics. Barefoot hedge-fund managers, DIY doctors and the surprising truth about life on less than 1$ a day. Pinguin Books. 2011
  • BARRY, B.. "Culture and equality". Polity. 2000
  • CLAYTON M.; WILLIAMS, A. (eds). "The ideal of equality". Palgrave/MacMillan. 2002
  • COHEN, G. A.. "If you're an egalitarian, how come you're so rich?". Harvard UP. 2000
  • COLLIER, Paul . The Bottom Billion. Why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about it. Oxford. 2007
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  • DANZINGER, S.; HAVEMAN, R. (eds). "Understanding poverty". Harvard UP. 2001
  • DEATON, Angus . The Great Escape. Health, Wealth and the Origins of Inequality. Princeton UP. 2013
  • FLOUD, Roderick, Robert W. FOGEL, Bernhard HARRIS and Sok Chul HONG . The Changing Body. Health, Nutrition and Human Development in the Western World since 1700. Cambridge UP. 2011
  • FOGEL, Robert W. The Escape from Hunger and Premature Death, 1700-2100. Europe, America and the Third World. Cambridge UP. 2004
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  • FRICKER, M.. "Epistemic injustice". Oxford UP. 2007
  • FRIEDMAN, Thomas . The World is Flat. A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2005
  • GOLDIN, Claudia and Lawrence F. KATZ . The Race between Education and Technology. Belknap Press, Harvard University Press.. 2010
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  • LANDES, David . The Wealth and Poverty of Nations. W.W. Norton. 1988
  • MILANOVIC, Branko . Global Inequality. A New Approach for the Age of Globalization. Belknap Press, Harvard University Press. 2016
  • MILANOVIC, Branko . The Haves and the Have-Nots: A Short and Idiosyncratic History of Global Inequality. Basic Books. 2011
  • PIKETTY, Thomas . Capital in the Twenty-Fisrst Century. Belknap Press, Harvard University Press. 2014
  • POGGE, T.. "World poverty and human rights". Polity. 2003
  • RAWLS, J.. "Justice as fairness. A restatement". Belknap. 2001
  • RAWLS, John . The Law of Peoples. Harvard UP. 1999
  • RAWLS, John . A Theory of Justice. Belknap Press, Harvard University Press. 1971
  • ROEMER, John . Equality of Opportunity. Harvard UP. 2000
  • SEN, A.. "Poverty and famines. An essay on entitlement and deprivation". Clarendon. 1981
  • SEN, A.. "Development as freedom". Oxford UP. 1999
  • SEN, A.. "Equality of what". The Tanner Lectures on Human Values - Stanford. 1979
  • SHACHAR, Ayelet . The Birthright Lottery: Citizenship and Global Inequality. Harvard UP. 2009
  • SINGER, Peter . One World: The Ethics of Globalization. Yale UP. 2004
  • VRIES, Peer . Escaping Poverty: The Origins of Modern Economic Growth. Vanderhoek and Ruprecht.. 2013
  • WALZER, M.. "Spheres of justice: a defence of pluralism and equality". Blackwell. 2003
  • YOUNG, I. M. . "Equality of whom? Social groups and judgements of injustice". Journal of political philosophy, vol 9, pp. 1-18. 2001
  • ZUCMAN, Gabriel . The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens. University of Chicago Press. 2015

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.