Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0269 (AF:337809 AR:180422)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd 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. 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, 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 secon module deals with the "short" 20th century, from the First World War to the end of the Cold War, with references to the events following the fall of the Berlin Wall, up to the present day..
Students attending and not attending the courses:
1 - Eric J. Hobsbawm, Il secolo breve. 1914-1991, Milano, Rizzoli, 2014

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