Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

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Course of Master's Degree Programme on PUBLIC MANAGEMENT
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Second semester
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Course description

Teaching is intended to provide the student with the tools to understand how different social systems are structured and how they react to public policies, and how they should take into account their social effects. The cognitive and relational skills that are critical to the analysis of complex social systems are highlighted, in particular in the face of the new challenges of the global society: for the study of them, the most applied social research techniques are presented and tested. In addition, critical attitudes are stimulated by the reflection on the texts of classical and contemporary authors of sociological thought who have dealt with power and the public sphere. Finally, the student is guided to practice the public presentations of the topics discussed so that they acquire advanced communication skills in exposing complex themes.



The course intends to address the issues of power, public sphere, institutions, common goods, different social systems and their relations with public policies, in the new global era.

The teaching aims to guide the student in the study of the thinking of classical and contemporary authors of sociological thought who have dealt with the relations between social systems (including lobbies) and the construction and exercise of power in order to understand their structural and relational components, and consequently to design effective public policies.
The student is stimulated in the study and application of the most empirical social research techniques in order to analyze complex social phenomena, in their quantitative and qualitative dimensions. The student learns the study and analysis of complex social systems in order to be able to design, implement and apply effective public policies, as well as understand the possible limits and causes of failing.
Through the study of classical and contemporary authors and critical reflection on texts, the student acquires the tools for understanding and analyzing the rational and non-rational components of social processes and their interaction with public policies.

Teaching Methods

The student is guided in the construction and exposition of advanced level public presentations, with particular reference to the integration of text and images for effective exposition. Particular attention is given to the non-verbal components of communication, paraverbals, chinesics, etc.
Student learning abilities are constantly stimulated by viewing films, exploring web resources, using power point presentations, and group reading of documents, newspaper articles, and highly complex texts.


The textbooks are two:

1) M. Castells, Communication Power, Paperback, 2013
2) J. C. Glenn, E. Florescu, State of the Future 19.1, http://www.millennium-project.org/publications-2-3/#sof19.1

Learning assessment

Verification of learning is carried out through an oral test, which is articulated in an interview with the lecturer of the course and in the presentation of a presentation work carried out by the student. The aim of the test is to verify the acquired knowledge and the ability to apply the knowledge itself as well as the communication skills of the presentation in public. The duration of the test is variable based on the topics discussed in the interview and the final measurement of the test is based on a discussion between teacher and student.

More information

Lectures are in Italian. The professor is fluent in English and is available to interact with students in English, also during the examination.