PUBLIC ETHICS

PUBLIC ETHICS

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Code
53009
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
9 credits during the 1st year of 8465 Philosophical Methods (LM-78) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
SPS/01
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (Philosophical Methods)
semester
2° Semester
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

Public ethics; procedural (who decides? How?) and substantive criteria (which principles, standards or rules should be relevant in deciding?) for the justification of public choices in democratic states.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Getting acquainted with the different approaches to the justification of the choices that affect public life and its domains: environmental policies, welfare policies, immigration policies, positive action and ways to fight discrimination, etc. Being able to analyze a) the different criteria which guide public policies; b) the possible procedures for making legitimate choices in democratic decision contexts (who shall decide, and how?). Both elements are essential to what in contemporary philosophical literature goes under the name of "public reason".

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course is intended to provide students with

an accurate knowledge of the contemporary academic debate on the topic of the course

mastery of its main theoretical and normative issues

develop an autonomous critical and informed point of view, and competent arguments, on the issues discussed in class.

Teaching methods

Combination of traditional lectures and classroom discussion of selected essays.  

 

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The rights of migrants: to immigrate, to emigrate, to stay, to return. The course reconstructs and analyses the main themes of the contemporary debate on the rights of migrants, from a distinctively theoretical and normative perspective.

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

A choice of two (for 6 credits) or three (for 9 credits) of the following texts:

E. Greblo, Etica dell'immigrazione, Milano, Mimesis, 2015.

S. Benhabib, I diritti degli altri, Milano, Cortina, 2006.

J. Carens, The Ethics of Immigration, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013.

D. Miller, Strangers in Our Midst, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016.

S. Fine e L. Ypi (a cura di), Migration in Political Theory, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento: Tuesday 11-13 (14-15 during February-May) Graduating students: upon appointment.

Exam Board

VALERIA OTTONELLI (President)

MIRELLA PASINI

CARLO PENCO

DANIELE ROLANDO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Combination of traditional lectures and classroom discussion of selected essays.  

 

LESSONS START

26 February 2019

 

EXAMS

Exam description

Oral and written exam.

Assessment methods

Final written essay, for those who have attended the course. Alternatively, the student can choose an oral exam on two (for 6 credits) or three (for 9 credits) of the texts listed in the bibliography of the course.

The exam, both it its oral and written form, aims at ascertaining the student's critical awareness of the normative and theoretical issues examined during the course and an adequate knowledge of the main positions within the academic debate on the course's topic. The written essay must not consist in a mere summary of the existing literature, but must develop and defend by proper arguments a specific claim relating to a theme discussed during the course (on the model of academic essays of the relevant field).

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
17/07/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale
11/09/2019 11:00 GENOVA Orale

FURTHER INFORMATION

http://www.scienzeumanistiche.unige.it/?page_id=832&contenuto=corso&id=68