Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims at providing a proper knowledge of the main issues of the contemporary age. Furthermore, the course provides specific tools helpful for carrying on analysis of the main Italian parties’ political discourse during the Republican age (through textual and iconographic sources, such as leaders’ speeches, newspaper articles, posters.).
Course contents summary
The course focuses on the main issues of the Contemporary History, from the great transformations of the last thirty years of the Nineteenth Century to the fall of the Soviet system in the Twentieth century. Particular attention is given to the political history of contemporary Italy. In the second part of the course, lectures focus on the history of the Italian political parties and their communication and propaganda, from the Resistance to the end of the Nineties.
- the handbook (Contemporary History): Giovanni Sabbatucci e Vittorio Vidotto, Il mondo contemporaneo. Dal 1848 a oggi (Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2008 and following), from chapter 5 (L’Europa delle grandi potenze) included
- the handbook (Italian History): Simona Colarizi, Storia politica della Repubblica. Partiti, movimenti e istituzioni, 1943-2006 (Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2007 and following), from chapter 1 (La transizione dal fascismo alla democrazia 1943-1948) to chapter 7 (La transizione 1994-2001) included
- chapters from: Alberto Mario Banti, Le questioni dell'età contemporanea (Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2010 e successive), chapter 12 (Il nazismo e lo sterminio degli ebrei) and chapter 13 (Il totalitarismo)
- the volume: Giulia Bassi, Non è solo questione di classe. Il ‘popolo’ nel discorso del Partito comunista italiano 1921-1991 (Roma: Viella, 2019), chap. 2-3-4-5
Eventually other readings will be indicated during the course and uploaded on the Elly Platform.
During the entire course, students are required to participate actively, both individually and collectively, analysing textual and audiovisual sources (leaders’ speeches, newspaper articles, posters, electoral campaigns.). Some lectures with expert scholars are scheduled.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam will consist of an written examination with some open-ended questions (min. 4) on the issues covered during the lectures + on the Handbook of Contemporary History (Sabbatucci-Vidotto) + on the Handbook of Contemporary Italy (Colarizi) + the monographic volume (Bassi).
Student will be evaluated on their knowledge about events, concepts and expression skills. From the publication of the final grade, students will have seven days to accept or reject the vote. Online registration is mandatory.
NB: The students who attended during the academic year 2018-2019 (present in the list of frequencies uploaded on Elly) are invited to contact the professor.
Consulting a historical-political atlas is highly recommended.