INFORMATION AND POLITICS IN THE CONTEMPORARY ERA
Learning outcomes of the course unit
To explore topics which are not usually covered in contemporary history three year degree courses (such as the history of a united Europe) but which are relevant to the journalism course.
The course requires good knowledge of 20th century history, to the standard normally acquired in the three year degree course.
Course contents summary
The course is divided into two parts:
- the first is concerned with the history of a united Europe. From its precursors and the first after-war projects to the birth of the ECSC, EAEC and EEC, up to the most recent events (expansion to 27 countries, birth of the European Union, etc.); the ‘fathers’ of Europe are introduced (Schuman, Monnet, Adenauer, De Gasperi, Spaak, Spinelli...);
- the second focuses on the development of the print media in Italy, from the end of the 19th century up to the 1970s, highlighting, in particular, political and popular culture magazines (football, women’s and children’s magazines, etc.).
1. Lecture notes
2. L'Europa a cinquant'anni dai Trattati di Roma, Battei, Parma 2007
3. P. Murialdi, Storia del giornalismo italiano, Il Mulino, Bologna 2003
4. One book to be chosen by students from the lecturer’s list, for a personal exploration of the history of the Balkans, Middle East, Africa or China.
All lectures will use slides and pictures (Microsoft Power Point).
An encounter/debate with a professional journalist working in the European Parliament will be organised.