Thanks to our visiting professors and teaching fellows, each semester the Faculty of Sociology and Social Work at Babes-Bolyai University offers special elective courses in English to international students.
Explore the list of elective courses for the winter semester of the 2022-2023 academic year:
ALR3302 – The political economy of development
Aleksei Pobedonostsev (PhD cadidate)
Short description: Why are some nations rich, while others are poor? The course ‘Political Economy of Development’ is dedicated to deal systematically with this oldest question of political economy. The course aims at introducing the academic study of development for general social scientists. The course presents major trends and changes in the development theory and their bearings on development policy and practice, critically discussing concepts of development and the emergence and evolution of paradigms in development thinking.
Room 217, 2nd floor
ALR3423 – Agent-based modelling
Olena Puhachova, Associate Professor, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy” (NaUKMA), Ukraine
Short description: This course is an introductory course in social modelling. It aims in understanding the complex dynamics of social systems and getting some practical experience in the simulation of social processes. This course helps students to form intuition about the behaviour of social systems in case of complexity and uncertainty.
Room 401, 4th floor
ALR3411 – Contemporary Perspectives on the Commons
Dr. Emrah Irzik
Description: There has been a surge of academic and public interest in varieties of collective management of natural and cultural resources known as “The Commons” in recent years in the face of the crisis-prone market system, tarnished state management models and relentless deterioration of bio-ecological conditions: The commons as the defense of nature, as model of self-management, as sharing of goods, as formation of communities… Was/is the withering of the commons at the hands of early industrial capitalism/contemporary neoliberalism inevitable? Should the commons be defended/regenerated?
There is now a fresh round of fighting taking place upon the digital terrain created by the maturation of “informational capitalism” and the concomitant “network society”: Between the Intellectual Property regime with its patents and copyrights on the one hand and the movements for Free Software, Creative Commons, Open Access and similar on the other. Is the production and distribution of digital artifacts best left to the mechanism of intellectual property, or can commons-based models present a viable alternative? Can unauthorized sharing, also known as “piracy” be defended with a straight face?
We will start by reading the empirical and philosophical debate on the commons as tragedy and as hope through the opening salvo against the commons by Hardin and the response of his opponent, Ostrom. We will then discover what has actually been happening to the commons in the historical perspectives of Marx and Polanyi and extend the analysis to the world of today with Harvey and Federici.
Room 217, 2nd floor