Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0177 (AF:334532 AR:180606)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
1st Semester
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The course is among the Core Educational Activities of the Master's degree Programme in History from the Middle Age to Present.
The aim of the course is the knowledge of the major transformations of labour in the contemporary age, with particular regard to the processes of change from the 1970s to present time.
Knowledge and understanding:
- knowledge of the major transformations concerning the world of labour in the Italian society, and their political and cultural representations
- knowledge of the historical debate about labour changes
- comprehension of the interdisciplinary nature of labour issues (history, economics, sociology, anthropology, Cultural Studies)
- comprehension of the manifold subjects involved in labour regulation (workers, trade unions, trade associations, policy makers)

Ability to apply knowledge and understanding:
- ability to understand the current debate about labour
- ability to comment a source concerning the cultures of labour
- ability to plan an interdisciplinary research about labour issues

Communication skills:
- participating in a collective discussion adopting a suitable terminology
- expressing in the written form the outcomes of an original research
Aptitude for interdisciplinarity and basic knowledge of English.
Deindustrialization on stage

As well as a structural economic change, deindustrialization triggers deep social, political cultural and urban transformations. In the areas that have been affected, it entailed many initiatives of representation and “mise-en-scène” of the industrial past and its vanishing. The course will explore how literature, poetry, music, theatre, cinema and visual arts are valuable sources for a perspective “from below” on industrial decline and the transition to a postindustrial society. Much attention will be paid to the case of Porto Marghera (Venezia).
To the students attending the course, the reference list will be agreed individually, on the basis of interests and aptitudes that have emerged during the lessons. Either way, it will include a suitable number of readings, aiming at writing an original paper (10.000 characters minimum) that will be discussed during the exam.

Giuseppe Berta, Il Nord Italia: una trasformazione in atto, in Id. (a cura di), La questione settentrionale. Economia e società in trasformazione, Feltrinelli», Milano 2007, pp. IX-XXIX
Luciano Gallino, La scomparsa dell'Italia industriale, Einaudi, Torino 2003
Ermanno Rea, La dismissione, Rizzoli, Milano 2002
Roberta Garruccio, Nostalgia di un futuro perduto. L’emi-vita della deindustrializzazione, in Le eredità delle crisi. Dalla storia al futuro, traiettorie di risposte possibili, a cura di Paolo Frascani, «Quaderni della Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli», n. 31, 2019, pp. 105-116
Tim Strangleman, James Rhodes, Sherry Linkon (eds), Crumbling Cultures. Deindustrialization, Class, and Memory, «International Labor and Working-Class History», vol. 84, n. 1, 2013, pp. 7-22

The exam will consist in an oral assessment.
Non-attending students are kindly requested to meet/get in touch with the professor well in advance of the exam.
The course has the structure of a seminar, with 50% of lectures and 50% of discussion among participants. Attendance is warmly recommended.

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Circular economy, innovation, work" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 30/08/2020