Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT2210 (AF:220325 AR:103632)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The main objective of the course consists of an overview over the economic and social history of Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Key issues of the economic, social and mental changes from the industrial revolution to globalisation will be discussed. A further goal is to provide awareness regarding the transformation of the social dynamics that globalization has brought about. Finally, the participants will be invited to reflect on the methodologies of research in social history.
Good knowledge of European history of the 19th and 20th centuries
During the first part of the course will be analysed the economic changes which produced the industrial and urban transformation of Europe. The most important social changes which the economic transformation brought about will then be considered. Another part of the course will be dedicated to the social changes which occurred more recently, producing a "liquid" post-industrial society, increasing uncertainty, and the revival of a desire for community. The course will end with a reflection on the appropriate scale of the social historian's enquiry as well as on sentiments seen as a crucial interface between individual and collective dimensions of life.
Compulsory readings:
Compendium "Industria e industrializzazione. Alcuni concetti", downloadable at ;
E. DE SIMONE, Storia economica. Dalla rivoluzione industriale alla rivoluzione informatica, Milano, FrancoAngeli, third edition 2010: chapters 2-5 (pp. 35-208); fifth edition 2014: chapters 4-17 (pp. 29-202).
C. HEYWOOD, Society, in: The Nineteenth Century, ed by T.C.W. Blanning, Oxford University Press, Oxford-New York 2000, pp. 47-77.
R. BESSEL, Society, in: Europe 1900-1945, ed by Julian Jackson, Oxford University Press, Oxford-New York 2002, pp. 116-137.
H. KAELBLE, Social history, in: Europe since 1945, ed by Mary Fulbrook, Oxford University Press, Oxford-New York 2001, pp. 53-94.
P. SORCINELLI, Il quotidiano e i sentimenti. Viaggio nella storia sociale, Bruno Mondadori, Milano1996, pp. 1-39 (in ed. 2002, capitoli 1-4).
Z. BAUMAN, Modernita liquida, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2002, pp. 160-216

Students who will NOT ATTEND more than 11 of the 15 lessons ("not frequentanti"), add the reading of R.E. BALDWIN and P. MARTIN, Two waves of Globalization: Superficial Similarities, Fundamental Differences, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge (MA) 1999 Working Paper 6904, 33 pp.; the paper can be downloaded at
The test consists of two parts, which account for 50 percent of the vote each:
1) of about 100-120 words-long answers to five different questions, related to the various topics covered by the texts in the program;
2) an in-depth theme played on examination, to be chosen from a list of topics proposed by the teacher, always referring to the compulsory reading texts in the program.

Students who will NOT ATTEND more than 11 of the 15 lessons use a questionary that includes questions regarding the additional text.

IMPORTANT! The examination is strictly limited to students who are regularily registered to the exam via the online registration procedure.
The prevailing teaching method is lecturing. Students are invited to contribute with critical questions and comments to the classroom discussion. They will also have the opportunity of presenting themselves themes and texts to the class on a voluntary basis.
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Last update of the programme: 08/12/2018