Learning outcomes of the course unit
The goal of the course is to understand how our contemporary era offers a general situation of transformation from an economic, social, political, cultural, environmental and urban standpoint which develops in part in a linear manner, but in part represents splits within a basically homogeneous phase.
Basic knowledge of contemporary events, as covered in the secondary school curriculum, is assumed.
Course contents summary
Political involvement in the age of major transformation
The course is divided into two units:
Unit A:: The age of great transformation. (5 credits). (20 February to 29 March)
Using Europe as the reference point, a historic profile of the 1800 and 1900s will be given, with special attention to the birth, development and transformation of the features of contemporary society as a mass-based society (mass production and consumption, mass culture, mass politics).
Unit B:: Mass-based society, ideologies and political involvement in the age of major transformation. (5 credits). (10 April to 17 Mary)
Birth and development of political parties seen as tools of mediation between a changing society and national institutions; they will be examined in relation to the different conditions of development of the phenomenon of associations, the spread of the right to vote (and the struggle to achieve this), the definition of the need to represent material and idealistic interests of new social groups.
Unit one: G. Sabbatucci - V. Vidotto, Il mondo contemporaneo. Dal 1848 a oggi, nuo?va edizione aggiornata, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2005
Unit two: M. Ridolfi, Interessi e passioni. Storia dei partiti italiani tra l?E!? uropa e il ?Mediterraneo, Bruno Mondadori, Milano, 1999, supplemented with M. Duverger, Partiti pol itici (in Enciclopedia del Novecento, Ist. Encicl. Ital., Roma 1972), M. Guadagnini, Partiti, (in Il mondo contemporaneo, La Nuova Italia, Firenze 1981): in Dip. in political and social studies