2016 – 2017 Academic Catalogue by Lorenzo de Medici

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school of liberal arts and social sciences rome italy’s contribution to modern science of this rapid growth phr 281 r dual listed his 281 r cr 3 contact hrs 45 this course introduces science students to the historic developments of the basic principles and theories of modern physics astronomy engineering chemistry and biology students learn about the contributions of great italian scientists and mathematicians from the early modern period through the enlightenment era and the twentieth century figures studied include leonardo da vinci galileo vincenzo viviani alessandro volta enrico fermi and others ideas and discoveries are contextualized by exploring their impact and that of related technologies on history and society note mandatory for science technology engineering and mathematics majors religion and culture in italy phr 284 r cr 3 contact hrs 45 this course examines the interaction between culture and religion in italy above all modern italy the peninsula has been the almost uninterrupted home of the catholic church and the vatican state a factor of great importance for centuries and still today in the development of italian culture and society at the same time italy is a relatively young nation democratic industrialized and multicultural in the lively italian cultural landscape religion can mean oceanic crowds at sanctuaries or a papal appearance fierce newspaper debates small parishes and muslims or christians praying in rented spaces italy indeed epitomizes key issues in religion and culture generally students move between themes of diversity in religious belief and practice coexistence of communities continuity of tradition and local heritage the political interface secularism religion in the media and popular culture national identity and educational social and health policies and activities the course exploits the special opportunity to investigate various religious communities in rome pol political science and international studies introduction to political science pol 150 r cr 3 contact hrs 45 this course will introduce you to the formal study of politics you will become familiar with the basic vocabulary of the discipline learn about the different ways that political issues are studied and develop critical reading and thinking skills furthermore this course will define basic concepts such as politics government nation state types of political systems and the development of political institutions china’s development and the global shift pol 240 r dual listed bus 240 r cr 3 contact hrs 45 in order to truly grasp the shift in economic power that is currently changing the global economy it is fundamental to understand the chinese history of economic reform and its political environmental and social context and its implications this course aims to explore the mechanism and consequences of modern china’s economic development as well as china’s role in the global economy most of the analysis focuses on the recent history of china especially following 1978 when china began its dramatic transformation from a planned to a market economy the course will be organized around a number of major themes which include references to the historical and institutional background the “rise of china” in the current geopolitical imagination and key issues in china’s foreign relations the key questions we will try to understand in this course are is china’s growth rate sustainable can it be repeated in other developing countries and what are the costs ldm ac adem i c cata log 2 016 2 017 154 prerequisites recommended pol 150 introduction to political science and bus 180 principles of macroeconomics or equivalent globalization and social change pol 250 r cr 3 contact hrs 45 this course critically examines the subject of globalization from a sociological perspective globalization in some fashion has been happening for centuries but never before has it so strongly reshaped society everywhere as today through an interdisciplinary approach that combines perspectives from sociology anthropology political science economics and philosophy students attain an understanding of some fundamental features of globalization exploration of selected substantive topics case studies helps root the general in the particular the concept of globalization the central themes of changing communications and social networks the main economic political and ideological dimensions of globalization are analyzed emphasis will be given to a set of interconnected themes the role of capitalism and other systems the function and effectiveness of institutions such as the imf and the world bank changes in global governance the relationship between globalization inequality and poverty the fate of cultural diversity in a globalizing world issues of gender ethnicity environment social justice and human rights the european union pol 281 r cr 3 contact hrs 45 europe is at the forefront of international regional integration no other group of nation states has proceeded further in gathering sovereignty this advanced course gives a broad overview of developments in the european union e.u from the aftermath of the second world war to the 2004 wave of expansion that admitted countries of central and eastern europe and the 2009 ratification of the lisbon treaty the approach in this course is political and aims at helping students to understand the nature and the peculiar characteristics of european integration the course is organized in three parts first it reviews the ideas events and actors that led to the foundation of the european coal and steel community ecsc and the european economic community eec and to its enlargement from 6 to 27 countries second the course takes an in-depth look at e.u institutions and policies casting a critical eye on the crucial period from 1985 to 1993 that led to the acceleration of european integration through the single european act further enlargements and the maastricht treaty finally the course reflects on three major questions facing the e.u in the new millennium what is the e.u as a political subject what is its purpose what should be its role in a global world to explore the resonances of these questions the course considers practical policy dilemmas that the e.u faces in various fields such as economic and monetary policy regulatory and distributive questions the democratic deficit the challenge of expansion to the east the lisbon treaty and common foreign and security policy the mediterranean history peoples and integration pol 285 r dual listed ant 286 r cr 3 contact hrs 45 this course introduces students to the peoples of the mediterranean region and aims to provide them with an understanding of the complex social religious and cultural realities of the area after a historical overview of contemporary events especially in the maghreb region and euro-mediterranean relationships attention will be focused on the recent waves of migration from the south shore of the mediterranean to europe its problems and possibilities for the future of the area the course will analyze the difficulties of the coexistence with different cultures in european societies and the ranges of intercultural mediation practices available that might foster real dialogue and reconciliation among different