Learning outcomes of the course unit
Knowledge and understanding
The student will develop basic knowledge in the notions and fundamental questions of contemporary history, in particular in the link of political, social, cultural and economic aspects. Furthermore, specific attention will be on the history of Republican Italy, to understand the role of political parties and the response of civil society.
Applying knowledge and understanding.
The student should be able to support and espose clearly, through appropriate arguments, the knowledge developed in the course on complex issues of contemporary history.
The student should be able to acquire the critical knowledge necessary to interpret the main and most relevant issues. During the exam, they will present with a correct argument.
The student is expected to communicate their own thoughts, through appropriate language, on issues of contemporary history analyzed in the course.
The student should be able to acquire skills, through an appropriate method of study, to undertake complex issues of contemporary history, in the link of political, social, cultural and economic aspects.
Course contents summary
After an introduction of a historiographic and methodological nature, the course intends to present a summary of the main problems and the most relevant processes of the contemporary age, from 1848 revolutions to the end of the Cold War. The reconstruction of the history of republican Italy will follow. It will be interpreted in political and institutional aspects with connections on a social, cultural and economic level. Aldo Moro will be the prism to read the history of republican Italy.
The course will be divided into four parts.
In the first part, focused on the nineteenth century, the following topics will be addressed:
- The 1848 revolutions
- The age of imperialisms
- The new worlds
- The second industrial revolution
- The Mass Society
- The turn of the century crisis
- The belle époque
In the second part, focused on the twentieth century, the following topics will be addressed:
- The Great War
- The age of totalitarianisms
- World War II and the Shoah
- The Cold War
- The european integration
- The Third World
- The peaceful coexistence
- The Sixties and world disorder
In the third part, focused on the history of Republican Italy, the following topics will be addressed:
- The origins of the Italian Republic
- The age of centrismo
- The centro-sinistra
- The Seventies
- The Pentapartito
- The crisis of the Republic
- The "second" Republic
In the fourth part, focused on Aldo Moro as a prism to read the history of Republican Italy, the following topics will be addressed:
- From war to democracy building
- In the new State
- The maker of “centro-sinistra”
- The “solidarietà nazionale”
- The death of Moro: epitaph of the Republic?
1) Giovanni Sabbatucci - Vittorio Vidotto, Il mondo contemporaneo, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2020
2) G. Vecchio - P. Trionfini, Storia dell’Italia repubblicana (1946-2018), Monduzzi, Milano 2019 (capitoli 1, 2, 3, 4)
3) A volume of your choice: Guido Formigoni, Aldo Moro. Lo statista e il suo dramma, Il Mulino, Bologna 2016 or Massimo Mastrogregori, Moro, Salerno Editrice, Roma 2016.
The teaching consists of lectures by distance learning. The lessons will be presented with Power Point slides. Slides presented in class will be posted online at the end of each part. Slides do not replace the study of the recommended readings. Students will be involved in the activities through questions and discussions.
Assessment methods and criteria
The oral exam consists of a verification of the basic knowledge of the contemporary history. The questions will be both general and specific in order to respond to the training objectives indicated. An insufficiency assessment is determined by the lack of knowledge of the minimum contents of the course; the inability to express themselves adequately to the topic; from the lack of autonomous preparation; moreover, by the inadequacy to formulate judgments independently.
A sufficient evaluation (18-23 / 30) is determined by an acceptable level of performance by the student of the evaluation indicators listed above.
The average scores (24-27 / 30) are assigned to the student who proves to have a more than sufficient (24-25 / 30) or good (26-27 / 30) level of the assessment indicators listed above.
The highest scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 with honors) are awarded on the basis of the demonstration of an excellent to excellent level of the evaluation indicators listed above.
The exam program is the same for all students, without difference between attending and non-attending students.
The Erasmus students have to contact the professor at the beginning of the course.