International relations
Study-unit Code
Cooperazione internazionale e state building
Lorella Tosone
  • Lorella Tosone
  • 42 ore - Lorella Tosone
Course Regulation
Coorte 2021
Learning activities
Attività formative affini o integrative
Academic discipline
Type of study-unit
Opzionale (Optional)
Type of learning activities
Attività formativa monodisciplinare
Language of instruction
Italian. International and Erasmus students are invited to take the course. Readings and other course material are also available in English; written and/or oral exams, as detailed in the course program, may be taken in English. Please contact the instructor for further details and to schedule an appointment during the first week of the Spring Semester.
After a brief introduction on the Age of Imperialism, the course will cover the following topics: the decolonization process after World War II and the Cold War; the North-South dialogue of the Seventies; the development cooperation policies of the main industrialized countries and international organizations; the role of the so called “new donors” in the international aid architecture.
Reference texts
For students that attend the classes a complete list of readings will be made available at the beginning of the course on the Unistudium platform.

For students that cannot attend the classes:

- Sara Lorenzini, Una strana guerra fredda. Lo sviluppo e le relazioni Nord-Sud, Bologna, il Mulino, 2017
- Fahimul Quadir, Rising Donors and the New Narrative of ‘South–South’ Cooperation: what prospects for changing the landscape of development assistance programmes?, “Third World Quarterly”, vol. 34, 2013, 2, pp. 321-338
- Fantu Cheru, Emerging Southern powers and new forms of South–South cooperation: Ethiopia’s strategic engagement with China and India, “Third World Quarterly”, vol. 37, 2016, 4, pp. 592-610
- Deborah Bräutigam, Aid ‘with Chinese characteristics: Chinese foreign aid and development finance meet the Oecd-Dac aid regime, “Journal of International Development”, 2011, 23, pp. 752-764
Educational objectives
Upon the completion of this course, the students will be able to:
- Explain the historical evolution of international aid regimes at the global level;
- describe the political, economic and strategic reasons underlying the cooperation policies of the major donors and the institutional architecture of these policies at an international level
- Describe key theories of international development studies;
- Evaluate critically the structure of the current international aid architecture
Through individual presentations and discussions on various topics relating to the international aid regime they will acquire better communication skills.
It is important that students have a basic knowledge of International relations history, especially of the Cold War years.
Teaching methods
Lessons and seminars
Other information
For further information: lorella.tosone@unipg.it
Learning verification modality
For students that attend the classes (attending 17 classes out of 21)
- Oral presentation: Students will be asked to deepen one of the topics related to the course content by reading material indicated by the teacher at the beginning of the course and to present the content in the classroom. In this phase the students' ability to critically read the texts, to present them clearly and concisely, and to answer some questions by adequately arguing the answers will be evaluated. Students will be encouraged to enrich their presentations with individual insights.
- Oral exam: The final oral exam will consist of a 20 minute interview in which 2/3 questions will be asked about the topics covered during the course and will be assessed taking into account the student's ability to answer questions precisely, logically organizing the speech and with a clear language.
For students that cannot attend the classes, the evaluation will be based on an oral exam of about 30 minutes with 4/5 questions on the topics of the program, which will aim to ascertain the acquired knowledge, the ability to express an informed judgment and to organize the answers logically.

For information regarding services for tudents with disabilities, please visit http://www.unipg.it/disabilita-e-dsa
Extended program
The course examines international development cooperation policies, from their institutionalization in the second post-war period until today. In particular, the political, economic and strategic motivations that have been and still are at the basis of the bilateral cooperation of the major donors will be highlighted, as well as the role played in this field by the main international universal and regional organizations, the evolution of the theoretical assumptions that have informed the aid policies, the institutional architecture of international development assistance.
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