GLOBAL HISTORY - MOD. 1
Learning outcomes of the course unit
a) Knowledge and comprehension abilities
The student will learn and understand the economic, social, institutional and political- regulatory processes that characterize the global economy development.
b) Ability to use knowledge and comprehension
The student will use the studied issues to understand the economic processes complexity, also with regard to the other disciplines.
c) Judgment autonomy
The student will be able to evaluate the economic processes and develop a critical analysis of the powerful factors that characterize their evolution.
d) Communicative skills
The student will get a lexical and conceptual property essential for the education and the communication of a triennial student in economic issues.
e) Ability to learn
The student will try out an innovative didactic method based on teamwork and cooperative learning.
Course contents summary
Why some countries are rich and others poor? What have been the factors that between 18th and 19th centuries allowed both to Europe and North America to complete the great leap towards industrialization and social development? And what are the reasons that in current decades are allowing the rise of countries whose development (India, China, Brics) is redesigning the world geography of wealth?
The course presents and analyses the factors – geography, globalization, technical progress, economic policies, institutions – that caused the economic development of the different areas of the world.
The course, adopting a global key of analysis, will analyse the rise of the Western World and the spread of the industrialization in America, with the consequent change of the international hegemony. Moreover it will be analysed the cases of Russia and Japan – emblematic cases of late development – without forget the Africa dynamics, the affirmation of “Asia tigers” and the current rise of China.
The course is split in two parts: the first, followed by an intermediate test, will present and analyse the issues of globalization and modern global economic development. In the second part, which offers different options, it will be possible to participate to teamwork as well as to follow a course about the history of starvations in the world.
Compulsory for all:
- Robert C. Allen, Storia economica globale, Bologna, il Mulino, 2013.
- Jurgen Osterhammel, Niels P. Petersson, Storia della globalizzazione, Bologna, il Mulino, 2005.
Books of your choice:
- Marta Boneschi, Il comune senso del pudore, Bologna, il Mulino, 2018.
- Anna Vanzan, Diario persiano, Bologna, il Mulino, 2017.
- Giada Messetti, Nella testa del Dragone, Milano, Mondadori, 2020.
Storia delle carestie (Prof. Bargelli):
The bibliographical references of this part will be communicated by the teacher at the beginning of the a.y.
The course is split into two parts, each about 50% of the time.
The first part is based on in presence lessons. This part will be followed by an intermediate multiple-choice test on Elly platform.
The second part offers several possibilities: (a) students who will pass the intermediate test with at least 23/30 will be allowed to participate to teamwork, group activities for deepening, using cooperative methodologies, the topics defined together with the teacher and presented in the classroom. The students will make small teams, which, following the bibliographical and documentary indications supplied by the teacher, will prepare and present a short Power Point presentation and a short English abstract. In this phase the students will have to attend a minimum of 80% of the lessons; (b) students who will obtain a mark between 18 and 22/30 in the intermediate test may follow the additional course on famine held by prof. Claudio Bargelli taking a multiple-choice test on Elly platform. In both cases, (a) and (b), the marks obtained will be merged in a final mark. Even the students with an intermediate test mark equal or greater than 23/30 are allowed to follow the course of “Storia delle carestie”.
In all other cases (students who don’t pass the intermediate test; students who don’t pass the final test; students who although they passed the intermediate exercise don’t reach the minimum requirements of attendance or who decide to not follow the teaching activities; students who refuse the mark obtained), it will be necessary to take the full exam since the first winter session.
The teaching material used in the in-presence lessons, as well as the video recordings of the lessons or other equivalent audio-video material, will be published on the Elly platform.
Assessment methods and criteria
1. Intermediate test + presentation in classroom (teamwork)
The knowledge and comprehension abilities will be checked with a 30 questions multiple choice test on Elly platform. Every question is 1 point worth. The questions will be conceived in order to check the ability to learn and to make cross-connections. This part of the exam will be worth 50%. The books to be studied are: the 2 compulsory books.
The classroom presentation will be checked by the following elements (each of them will be worth 20%): a) originality and innovativeness of work (ability to carry on the proposed topic with originality compared to the literature and documentation used); b) precision and effectiveness of the slides (style, language); c) quality and precision of the abstract (in presenting the aims, the sources, the results); d) coherence between sources, analysis and synthesis; e) coherence between investigation questions and proposed analysis (i.e.: if I want to study the skin quality of the shoes that I’m using I can’t analyse the cotton of my shirt). This part of the exam will be worth 50%.
The marks will be merged in a final mark (each of which will be worth 50%).
The teacher will also evaluate the participation of the students to the classrooms, during the lesson or the presentation of teamwork, assigning an extra bonus.
2. Intermediate test + Storia delle carestie (prof. Bargelli)
The knowledge and comprehension abilities will be checked with a 30 questions multiple choice test on Elly platform. Every question is 2 point worth. The questions will be conceived in order to check the ability to learn and to make cross-connections. This part of the exam will be worth 50%. The books to be studied are: the 2 compulsory books.
Storia delle carestie (Prof. Bargelli)
This part has 30 hours of lessons and wills focus on the history of famine, analysing many case-studies. The knowledge will be checked with a 15 questions multiple choice test on Elly platform. Every question is 1 point worth. All the students are allowed to follow this part, and particularly those who have obtained an intermediate test mark ranging from 18 to 22.
The specific program and the bibliography will be communicate by the teacher at the beginning of the lesson.
The final mark will be the result of a weighted average of the two tests, each of which will be worth 50%. The teacher will also evaluate the participation of the students to the classrooms, during the lesson or the presentation of teamwork, assigning an extra bonus.
(3) Final test
Final multiple-choice test
The knowledge and comprehension abilities will be checked with a 30 questions multiple choice test on Elly platform. Every question is 1 point worth. The questions will be conceived in order to check the ability to learn and to make cross-connections. This part of the exam will be worth 50%. The books to be studied are: the 2 compulsory books + 1 book at choice.
The final mark will be 30 cum laude when all the parts of the exam (written text or oral exposition; teamwork or other forms of cooperative work) are more than excellent for completeness, clarity, brightness, vividness and organization of the answers, capacity of multidisciplinary connections.
These modes for passing the exam will apply to the winter sessions of the a.y. 2020-21. If the health conditions make it possible, from the spring sessions, we will return to the “in presence exams”. The operating procedures will be promptly communicated.
Any extra readings and activities will be communicated at the beginning of the course and published on Elly site.