ANALYSIS OF THE POLITICAL LANGUAGE

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Code
57459
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 8769 News, Media and Publishing (LM-19) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
SPS/01
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (News, Media and Publishing)
semester
2° Semester

OVERVIEW

This course will analyse the main forms and functions of political language: ideological function, communication aiming at persuasion, and communication aiming at finding common norms of justice. In the last part of the course we will analyse some exemplary discourses of political leaders. 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course aims at studying the language of political theory and practice, the main models of analysis of political discourse, and the nature and functioning of political communication. A special attention will be given to the metamorphosis of contemporary political vocabulary - caused by radical cultural and economic changes at the global level - and to the impact that new media patterns of communication have on the formation of political discourse and communicative strategies. The teaching materials may be provided through the online platform Aulaweb. 

 

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Besides outlining the main models to understand political language, the course will also provide the conceptual tools to assess the validity of political language, also appealing to the idea of public reason. In the last part of the course these conceptual instruments will be applied to some important cases of political discourses to assess their congruence and validity with respect to the criteria studied during the course. 

 

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures in the first two parts of the course, seminars in the third part. 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course will be divided in three parts. The first part will deal with the main theories of political language and with the outline of its three main functions (expression of one's identity, persuasion, agreement on common rules of justice). The second part will address the two main theories (by Habermas and Rawls) that propose a robust understanding of the third function of political language. The third part of the course will be mainly seminar-based and will concern some important discourses of political actors. 

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Cedroni – Dell’Era Il linguaggio politico, Roma, Carocci  (parts)

Fedel, Saggi su linguaggio e oratoria politica (parts)

Petrucciani, Introduzione a Habermas, Roma, Laterza, (parts)

Maffettone, Introduzione a Rawls, Roma, Laterza, (parts)

Further details will be given during the course. 

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

FEDERICO ZUOLO (President)

VALERIA OTTONELLI

MIRELLA PASINI

CARLO PENCO

DANIELE ROLANDO

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Lectures in the first two parts of the course, seminars in the third part. 

EXAMS

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
06/06/2018 15:00 GENOVA Orale
20/06/2018 09:00 GENOVA Orale
19/07/2018 10:00 GENOVA Orale
13/09/2018 10:00 GENOVA Orale