Learning outcomes of the course unit
The objective of the course is to enable students to develop a critical approach to the problems of modern history, and to understand the roots of our present time. As regards the specialist section, the subject of the family and marriage is studied in order to help the students foster their understanding of highly topical themes, adopting an approach of informed criticism and awareness.
No prerequisite studies are necessary.
Course contents summary
Course title: Family and marriage in the modern age.
The course will be divided into two units.
Unit A (5 credits) will be principally dedicated to the institutional part. The principal themes in modern history will be studied, with specific attention to the subjects and problems that, in recent years, have been subjected to radical historiographical renewal.
Unit B (5 credits), dedicated to a specific subject area, will look at the history of the family and marriage in the modern age.
As well as demonstrating thorough knowledge of a textbook of modern history – the recommended textbook is that by Carlo Capra (Le Monnier) or by Franco Benigno (Laterza) – students will also have to study the following books:
Daniela Lombardi, Storia del matrimonio. Dal Medioevo a oggi, Bologna, il Mulino, 2008.
and one of the following:
Roberto Bizzocchi, Cicisbei. Morale privata e identità nazionale in Italia, Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2008.
Giovanni Romeo, Amori proibiti. I concubini tra Chiesa e Inquisizione, Rome-Bari, Laterza, 2008.
Teaching will take the form of frontal lessons, during which students will be invited to contribute with questions, exploring the problems encountered during the lessons and exam preparation.
Evaluation will be performed by means of oral tests, in which students will have to demonstrate their knowledge of the subjects developed during the course and studied utilizing the books included in the syllabus.