Globalisation, international development and new markets - Prof. Emilio Cocco - a.a. 2015/2016
After graduating in Political Science (BA 110/110 cum laude) at the University of Bologna (1997), he received a Master (MA) in Central in Central and East European Studies at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College of London, in 1999. Later on, in 2003, he got a PhD in Sociology of International Relations at the University of Trieste.
He is currently Senior Researcher and Lecturer in Sociology at the Faculty of Communication Science, University of Teramo (since 2005). He is also Adjunct Professor in Political Communication and Media Research at the American University of Rome (AUR).In 2013-2014 he worked as extraordinary professor at the department of sociology of the University of Zadar,
He has been research consultant at the ISIG (International Institute of Sociology in Gorizia)
He is UCL (University College of London) “Alumni Italian Society” contact person.
He is acting as international scientific reviewer for academic journals and research agencies. He is member of the Italian and European Sociological associations; member of the CIVPRO network (Civil Protection Network, Helsinki) and member of the University Network for the International Holocaust Memorial Day (Giorno della Memoria).
INFO ABOUT THE COURSE
Objectives of the course
- Knowledge and understanding: The course aims at discussing the functional relations and mechanisms connecting international development, social emergence of new markets and globalization processes characterizing contemporary capitalist world society. Particularly, the course shall focus on environmental, economic and sociopolitical challenges that humanity faces at the onset of the 21st century.
In other words, through class work, literature discussion and work groups the goal of the course is to better understand how and why some countries “develop” (and others do not) in a world of globalizing markets, new technologies and ideas. Moreover, the course will draw attention to issues such as internationalization of enterprises, city networks, identity and territorial branding, risk analysis, human rights, poverty reduction, climate change, humanitarian crises, social and corporate responsibility, fragile states and the education of “vulnerable” populations.
Students shall develop the ability to read unconventionally and critically understand,the abovementioned phenomena. Also, they shall acquire methodological tools and social research analysis techniques finalized at investigating case studies and developing research paths. IT and related computer assisted tools are also part of such a congitive sphere.
- Applying knowledge and understanding: After the course, students shall be able to handle and apply the main contemporary sociological and political economy theories tackling issues of globalization, development and emergence of new markets in international perspective. They shall be acquainted with the problems of social connection and disconnection that are factors of turbulences of contemporary world, with special regards to international social and economics dynamics.
Mainly,the course aims to develope up to date analytical skills and to encourage students ability to learn in progress, with flexible and adaptive mentality, which stimulates further investigations and empirical otuputs.
- Making judgements: Students shall be able to grasp the complexity of global capitalism and the implications of ongoing globalizing dynamics that shape the social and economics features of world society. They shall master the critical thinking, showing the ability to formulate personal analysis and draw comparisons in a comparative outlook.
More in details, the course aims to develop students eagerness to put into discussion conventional and stereotyped visions of global issues and to grow, at the same time orginal and innovative approaches to international development that would make them active part of the same globalizing processess.
Combining frontal lectures with more active learing, both individually and in groups, students shall eventually acquire a wider sense of responbility and a better self-perception of their potential.
- Communication: Students attending classes on a regular basis shall develop a specific ability to integrate and communicate theoretical frames and empirical outputs discussed in classes. That would mean, we expect students to be eager to actively participate to class work through questions, discussions and paper-works, such as essays, project works and similar tools.
Students will show a better oral and written expression, with reference to the topics discussed, which have to be tackled both analytically and syntetically with a proper communication code.
Considering the innovative style of the degree course, this specifc course pays a special attention to the use of audio-visual tools and IT supported communication means, which are central aspects of the investigation procedures, data collection and dissemination strategies.
Finally, self-learing is strongly encouraged as well as peer-review procedures. Long distance learning is also positively remarked.
- Learning skills: Students are expected to develop abilities to read texts and documents on diverse formats (written, iconic, hyper-textual, in different languages), to apply different theoretical models and general tools to a numebr of specific case studies. Also, they shall be able to draw focused research questions as well as generalizing scientific propositions. Thus, students shall be engendered to perform analytical reading of contemporary society and autonomous project proposals
As an important output and goal of the education endavor of this course, students are encouraged to improve their abstract thinking skills, to be combined with the ability to process large number of data. As a result, we expect students to turn experiences and information acquired during class work and study time into professional skills to be performed in the market in professional terms.
- Prerequisite: Some background in Sociology, Political Science and Economics is required.
- Preparatory: None
“Globalization. A very short introduction” (ISBN 978-0199662661)
Manfred B. Steger, Oxford University Press,, 2013, Oxford
“Operating in Emerging Markets. A guide to Management and Strategy in the New International Economy” (ISBN 978-0-13-298338-9)
Luciano Ciravegna, Robert Fitzgerald, Sumit K. Kundu (eds), FT Press, 2014, New Jersey
“The Globalization and Development Reader. Perspectives on Development and Global Change”
J. Timmons Roberts, Amy Bellone, Nitsan Chorev (eds), Wiley-Blackwell, 2015 (ISBN 978-1-118-73510-7)
The course activities mostly rely on active learning methodology. Therefore frontal fectures are combined with Seminars, Group Works, Presentations, Learning cell and other student centered methods.
The course last 6 weeks and 2 hours lectures are held 3 days per week. Altogether is 36 hours of class work in 18 class sessions.
There is a limit of 3 tolerated absences. From the 4th absence a penalty of 1/30 applies to the final grade (i.e if final grade is 28, it is reduced to 27).
In case of health problems (when certified), accidents, family losses, documented harsh weather conditions and similar cases, penalties do not apply.
However, students are allowed to miss a maximum of 6 classes. From the 7th absence, students are required to pass the exam as "non frequentanti" (not attending). No exception.
Latecoming: being punctual is a matter of courtesy and professionalism. Don't be late. It eventually will affect you participation grade
20% Participation to class activities
15% First Mid-term exam
15% Second Mid-term exam
25% Group work
25% Final exam.