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Demos/Ethnos and Constituent Process, Short Course

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  • 1 month
The lessons regard the language and the words used in constitutional treaties, the importance of a European Constitution, the identity of ’Europe and its paradigms, the common public area, a possible fraternal law.
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Just as in the tradition of western political systems fundamental rights constitute the central pivot of the Constitution, so today there is a renewed necessity for a constituent process in which Europe is given self-identity and recognition. This is a complex path which cannot be thought of as merely the transferring to European level of the experiences of the small countries which the west has undergone. We cannot rest happy with an idea of community as just a summation of incompatible egoisms, anchored in the tradition of a “modern” form of politics typical of the Nation-state. Europe should be thought of in an entirely new and unusual way. “Unusual” consists above all in the conception of a ”public” policy sphere, starting out constitutionally from the dimension of valuing “ethnical”-national diversities and considering these as a resource rather than as an obstacle to Europe’s affirmation. The challenge for Europe will therefore be that of self-identity and recognition in a project for free democracy on the part of whichever identity when it comes to ‘ ethnos’ and which shares an idea of ‘ demos’ which is ready to adopt for common use non-violent and more harmonious rules of life.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 1 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    8 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
    • Arabic
    • Italian
    • French
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Lesson n. 1: L'Europa eil processo costituzionale
  • Lesson n. 1: Europe and the Constitutional Process
  • Lesson n. 2: L'Europa ha bisogno di una Costituzione?
  • Lesson n. 2: Does Europe need a Costitution?
  • Lesson n. 3: Il potere costituente
  • Lesson n. 3: Costitutional power
  • Lesson n. 4: Demos-Ethnos
  • Lesson n. 4: Demos-Ethnos
  • Lesson n. 5: Persone/Costituzione
  • Lesson n. 5: People/Costitution
  • Lesson n. 6: Tra e oltre
  • Lesson n. 6: Between and beyond
  • Lesson n. 7: L'identità dell'Europa
  • Lesson n. 7: Identity of Europe
  • Lesson n. 8: Il concetto di "radice"
  • Lesson n. 8: The thought of roots
  • Lesson n. 9: L identità scritta su una Carta


  • Prof. Eligio Resta

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • to have a connection to the Internet. For optimum use an ADSL connection is suggested.
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  • Note: Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 is not supported.
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  • to have installed on one's own system the software Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view materials in pdf format. 

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