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Cattedra G. Mosca: Decisioni Pubbliche E Comunicazione


Anno accademico 2012/2013

Codice dell'attività didattica
Erik Neveu (Titolare del corso)
Corso di studi
[f009-c503] Laurea magistrale in Sviluppo, ambiente e cooperazione - a Torino
2° anno
Affine o integrativo
SSD dell'attività didattica
SPS/04 - scienza politica

Sommario insegnamento


Obiettivi formativi

The aim of this course is to understand how a situation (a “putative condition” such as pollution, presence of foreigners, unemployment) can be transformed into a “problem”, worthy of public debate, mobilizations, public policies. Why does margarine becomes a target of public passions and policies in the 1880’s USA, why corruption becomes the focus of public attention in the 1990’s Italy and France, why Islam seems later to become a major public problem... when other stakes which could be considered as significant remain in the shade?


Risultati dell'apprendimento attesi

Students should be able to have a good understanding of the major questions, research and conceptual tools used during the course. But the real aim of the course would be reached if they were able to apply this small tool-kit to question some cases of “public problems” in contemporary Italy 



The course will start with an overview of the status and paradigms of “Social Problems studies” in the USA and western Europe since one century. It will question the identity of “social/public problems” entrepreneurs. It will explore the questions of the “framing” (is Asbestos just a problem for the people working in mines and factories where this mineral is transformed? Or is it an environmental polluant, threatening all the population? Is drunk-driving a problem of individual behaviour or of social organisation?) and “justification”(How to argue: with figures and science, in the name of the demos, triggering emotions?) of problems. The question of the treatment (or silence) of social problems by the media and the public sphere will be another major point. Finally the course will try to make sense of the process of entrance (or not) in the policy agenda.

Testi consigliati e bibliografia


A bibliography will be given at the beginning of the course and some texts will be available on the faculty website.



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