A good knowledge of the general elements of 20th century history is desirable.
The course Is available in Blended Learning mode. Frontal lessons (24 hours) – online lessons (12 hours)
Understanding of the main issues of world history in the contemporary age, with particular attention to the phenomena of interconnection typical of globalization.
The aim is promoting knowledge and understanding of the main issues of contemporary history, starting from the turning point introduced by the French Revolution and by industrial Revolutions, and by the birth of mass society and modern political cultures. In-depth analysis of the following events and themes relating to the twentieth century: triumph and collapse of the global European domination; the global projection of the two European wars that become "global"; the epidemic of authoritarianism and totalitarianism that overwhelms the continent; the division of Europe into two parts separated by the "iron curtain"; the process of reconciliation, integration and union of European institutions and peoples; Italian history between first and second Republic; crisis and opportunities linked to the globalization processes.
- Knowledge and understanding about knowledge
Knowledge of the most significant political institutional steps in the history of contemporary world. Ability to understand the dynamics and causes of transformation processes, as well as the endogenous elements of crises that have repeatedly generated processes of self-destruction on the continent, based on conflicting ideologies, warlike and racist.
- Ability to apply knowledge and understanding
Ability to use the tools of historical analysis, bibliographic and documentary sources. Ability to apply the acquired knowledge in the critical evaluation of historical research paradigms.
- Autonomous judgment.
Acquisition of independent judgment on the main historical and social contemporary events.
- Communication skills
Acquisition of the communication methods that characterize the historical studies: synthesis, declination of the complexity of the events, restitution of the indications coming from the study of primary sources.
- Learning skills
The learning ability will be increased and refined through the analysis jointly by students and professor, of historiographical essays.
1) T. Detti, G. Gozzini, L’età del disordine. Storia del mondo attuale 1968-2017, Laterza 2018;
2) F. Barbagallo, L’Italia nel mondo contemporaneo. Sei lezioni di storia 1943-2018, Laterza 2019.
3) P. Borruso, Debre Libanos. Il più grave crimine di guerra dell’Italia, Laterza 2020.
At the end of the course all students will take a written exam consisting of four open-ended questions about the program and the exam texts. The Commission will assess the degree of knowledge of historical events, the ability to interpret them and to offer interpretation keys, the ability to place them correctly in time and space.
The ability to carry out research on bibliographic and documentary sources will be verified, for attending students, through discussion and debate activities on agreed topics.
The duration of the final written test will be 90 minutes.
1. Number of tests that contribute to the evaluation: 1
2. Objective of the test:
Demonstrate knowledge of the topics, ability to summarize and explain, autonomy of judgment, understanding of the causes and motivations of the bases of the processes.
3. Method of administration:
The test is exclusively WRITTEN.
On the day set for the appeal.
approximately 90 minutes.
Five open-ended questions on the exam texts.
7. Final measurement of the exam:
Will be carried out by the commission and communicated to the students through the teacher web page.
- Recall the main elements that underlie the political cultures of the contemporary world: liberalism, democratic thought, socialism, communism, nationalism.
- The characteristics of European world domination apogee between the end of XIX and the first XX Century.
- Europe and racism: race hierarchy, social darwinism, eugenics, criminal anthropology
- Consequences of World War I
- The Armenian genocide
- Today's Turkey and the Armenian question
- The first afterwar in Italy and in Europe
- Fascism in Italy
- Totalitarian experiences between first and second world war
- The Shoah: dimensions, responsibility, complicity, fulfilment.
- The Shoah: open questions concerning the involvement of civilians and public opinions in the designs and acts of persecution
- “Humanitarian diplomacy” during WW2.
- Eastern European countries behind the Iron Curtain
- The Italy of the "First Republic"
- Europeanism and its currents: federalism, unionism, functionalism
- The Schuman Declaration of 9 May 1950
- The main stages of the process of building a united Europe
- The institutions of the European Union according to the Lisbon Treaty: roles and functions
- 21st century Europe facing the challenges of aging and migration