Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0269 (AF:337805 AR:180418)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Term
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Introduction to contemporary history. The course has a propedeutic character, useful to students of various addresses to frame the great global transformations in the contemporary age. It is an introduction to contemporary history. The course, composed of two modules, has a propedeutic character to give a general picture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, in addition to show some aspects of historical research in the contemporary age. The first module deals with the long 19th century, from the late 18th century revolutions to the Belle Epoque. This course is expected to feature courses in History, Literature, Text Sciences and Anthropology with a historical focus.
Recognizing the factors of a historical event, grasping the characteristics of an era, elaborating interpretative schemes of an event or historical period, observing and interpreting the most important phenomena of global importance, knowing aspects and structures of the Italian, European and historical processes world, use the knowledge learned to understand ecological, intercultural, civil cohabitation problems, understand and use historical terms, argue on knowledge and concepts learned using the specific language of the discipline
No prerequisite required, beyond a generic ability to frame historical periods.
The course aims to introduce the study of social and cultural history in modern times, by comparing the public sphere and the private sphere in the XIX century. Both for the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, alongside the historical events, the structural data underlying the crisis and transformation of contemporary society will be studied.
Students attending and not attending the courses:
1 - Alberto Mario Banti, L’età contemporanea. Dalle rivoluzioni settecentesche all’imperialismo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2009.
Only for students not attending the courses:
Marc Bloch, Apologia della storia . Il mestiere di storico, Torino, Einaudi, 2006;
Or: Marco Meriggi, L'Europa dall'Otto al Novecento, Roma, Carocci, 2013.
Questions on various aspects touched by the course and discussion on the contents learned. During the oral examination the student must demonstrate not only to know the topics covered during the course, but also to know how to expose them in an appropriate form.
For students who take the exam of both modules I and II of contemporary history, for a total of 12 credits, only oral exams are held, while for those who take only one module (on the nineteenth, or instead on the twentieth and twenty-first century) exam will be written.

Lectures and in-class discussions. Analysis of some sources.
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This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Poverty and inequalities" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 04/07/2020