HISTORY OF CONTEMPORARY EUROPE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding: the teaching of contemporary Europe history allows students a thoroughly critical understanding of the past sixty years, providing instruments for a critical interpretation of the present.
Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: the study of the recent historical period will give students the ability to connect the past with the present, identifying trends and long-term problems.
Making judgments: at the end of the course students should have acquired the ability to collect data, to interpret critically the historical evolution and to formulate independent and self-motivated judgments on the socio-political context in which they occur.
Communication skills: at the end of the course students should have achieved the ability to communicate clearly the main problems of European history.
Learning skills: a diligent study should provide students with a certain methodological mastery, learning and analytical skills, also for aspects not covered in this course, that will be useful for the access to future professions related to communication and journalism.
Course contents summary
Europe from the Second World War to the millennium.
After presenting the key dates of the European history from 1945 to the present time, the course deals above all with some aspects of particular interest: the process of European unification, the history of countries, such as France and Germany, the history of Eastern Europe from the beginning of the communist regimes to their end, the birth of Israel and the conflict with the Arab world.
1. G. Vecchio, Storia dell’Europa contemporanea, Bottega del Libro, Parma 2015 [New edition]
2. G. Vecchio-P. Trionfini, Storia dell'Italia repubblicana (1946-2014), Monduzzi, Milano 2014
F. Romero, Storia della guerra fredda. L'ultimo conflitto per l'Europa, Einaudi, Torino 2009 [For those who have already read the book of Vecchio-Trionfini].
Teaching method: The teaching consists of lectures with computer science aid (each lesson is presented with Power Point slides).
Assessment methods and criteria
Learning check method: oral only. Both general and specific questions will be asked in order to meet the set formative objectives.
Cd with Power Point slides is available at the end of the lectures