cod. 1011727

Academic year 2023/24
3° year of course - Second semester
- Gilberto SERAVALLI
Academic discipline
Storia economica (SECS-P/12)
A scelta dello studente
Type of training activity
Student's choice
21 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

a) Knowledge and comprehension abilities
The student will learn and understand the economic, social, institutional and political-regulatory processes.
b) Ability to use knowledge and comprehension
The student will use the studied issues to understand the economic processes complexity, also with regard to the other disciplines.
c) Judgment autonomy
The student will be able to assess the dynamics and implications of collective action.
d) Communicative skills
The student will acquire advanced vocabulary and conceptual skills.
e) Ability to learn
The student will experience an innovative, laboratory-based teaching method.



Course unit content

After considering the crisis of liberal-democratic societies and the problems plaguing their institutions, after reflecting on the illusions and dangers of populist and authoritarian responses, the laboratory's activities will aim to deepen the concepts, experiences and difficulties of an alternative response, one that - after the failures of state and market - places the cooperative principle of social activism from below at its centre.
Collective action of mutual cooperation for the common good is seen by many analysts as the main remedy for the widespread malaise that characterises contemporary societies and frames the collapse of the middle classes. A circumstance that has begun to show that regressive or destructive outcomes, such as those that populisms and authoritarianisms are pushing towards, can be avoided.
The laboratory intends to offer elements of reflection to ground answers to these questions, starting from the observation that the problem is ontologically linked to modern market capitalism itself as a non-cooperative system.

Full programme

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Gilberto Seravalli, Dilemmi dell’azione collettiva, Roma, Europa Edizioni, 2022.

Teaching methods

The course will combine lectures and practical laboratory work

Assessment methods and criteria

Laboratory discussions and verifications (individual and/or group).

Other information

Any extra readings and activities will be communicated at the beginning of the course and published on Elly site.