Academic year
2016/2017 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT1220 (AF:232590 AR:123618)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
The main objective of the course consists of an overview over the contemporary history of Europe, roughly from 1815 to the present. The course also intends to stimulate critical reflections about the continent's political, cultural and social changes.
The course will give an overview over the main events and turning points of the contemporary history of 19th and 20th Century Europe. It will also consider more closely the evolution of the cultural and social construction of concepts like nation and Europe. Some of these aspects will be analysed by the means of classroom presentations and discussion, on the basis of selected readings and other sources.
For the Lessons scheduled, click Programma lezioni, clicca
Compelling readings: R. PETRI: Europa? Ein Zitatensystem, in: <Comparativ> 14/3 (2004), pp. 14-49, download of the Italian version is possible from ); R. Petri: The Resurgence of the Region in the Context of European Integration, in Arndt Bauerkämper, Hartmut Kaelble, Gesellschaft in der europäischen Integration seit den 1950er Jahren, Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2012, pp. 159-171 (download: ); A. M. THIESSE: La creazione delle identità nazionali in Europa, Bologna, Mulino, 2004, pp. 19-125.
The recommended textbook R.P. COPPINI / R. NIERI / A. VOLPI: Storia contemporanea, Pisa, Pasini editore, 2005 (pp. 1-386, 425-429, 465-473 e 505-513) may be substituted by any other university or high school textbook preferred by the student, provided that it is of good quality and offers a comprehensive and easily accessible overview over the periods and events of European history since 1815.
Students who cannot attend the lectures add the reading of S. WOOLF (ed.), Il nazionalismo in Europa, Milano, Unicopli, 1994.
The proficiency test is graded up to 30 points. It consists of two parts, with a maximum grade of 15/30 each. Laud can be obtained with a particularly brilliant second part and a 15/30 valued first part:
1) the knowledge check regarding the events and data of European history between 1814 and 2000 should demonstrate basic chronological knowledge of European history;
2) the second part consists of handwritten paper on a topic chosen from three or four different topics proposed by the professor, which are based on the obligatory readings in the reading list.
For more details regarding the PROFICIENCY TEST, please check the blog "Storia contemporanea"
For more information regarding the course, please check the blog "Storia contemporanea"
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