Checking date: 26/11/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Study: Dual Bachelor in International Studies and Political Science (320)

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


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.
Skills and learning outcomes
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 minorities' discrimination Lecture 12 - Inequality and democracy: 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
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • ACEMOGLU, Daron and James A. ROBINSON. Why Nations Fail. The Origins of Power, Posperity and Poverty. Crown Business. 2012
  • 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
  • DAHL, R.. "Political equality". Yale UP. 2006
  • 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
  • FRASER, N.. "Scales of justice. Reimagining Political Space in a Globalizing World". Columbia UP. 2010
  • 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
  • HACKER, Jacob S. and Paul PIERSON . How Washington Made the Rich Richer ¿ And Turned Its back on the Middle Class. Simon and Schuster. 2010
  • KUZNETS, Simon . Modern Economic Growth. Yale UP. 1966
  • KYMLICKA, W.. "Multicultural citizenship". Oxford UP. 1986
  • 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 may change due academic events or other reasons.