22910026 - Storia contemporanea

GOALS Knowledge and understanding
- Acquiring solid knowledge concerning the fundamental moments and aspects in contemporary 19th and 20th century history, starting with the revolutionary risings of 1848 and the formation of the European nation states, up to recent events.
- Understanding the social, economic and cultural dynamics that determined the events of our contemporary era.
Capability to implement knowledge and understanding
- Connecting the History of Italy with the principal historical events of our contemporary era;
- Putting the knowledge acquired to use by analysing even complex historical processes and connecting this knowledge to the information attained through other subjects of the course;
- Situating the activities, modalities and products of institutional communication within a suitable historical context.
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The course analyzes the most relevant themes in the history of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as the rise and fall of the European empires, nation building and nationalisms, totalitarianisms, cold war, colonialism / decolonization, democratic transitions, European integration, with a particular attention to the issue of minorities, migrations and human rights.
The course also takes into account, by a transnational perspective, the main social and cultural dynamics of European history from the post-war period to the present day and it offers a workshop on historiographic sources, aimed at introducing students to the knowledge of the historical research foundations and getting them to acquire a critical understanding of reality.

Core Documentation

A contemporary history textbook chosen by the student

Margarete Buber Neumann Prigioniera di Stalin ed Hitler, Il Mulino (used for the workshop )

Other didactic material is available on the platform

Type of delivery of the course

Lessons and workshop exercises

Type of evaluation

The exam is conducted with test made by 38 questions with multiple-choice answers and two open-ended questions. The assess foresees a steady evaluation of the workshop exercises. In the event that the ongoing health COVID-19 emergency still remain, the following methods will apply: oral examination on Microsoft teams.