06396 - History of Contemporary Society

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Gender equality

Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student will have the required knowledge of historical research methodology in order to relate the history of the Italian welfare state with general features of Italy's institutional, political and educational systems. At the exam, the student will be able to put forward his/her assessments and conclusions regarding historical studies and analyses. In addition, the student will be able to use the means and methods acquired in the historical field to widen his/her knowledge and apply effective critical thinking.

Course contents



Students will cure their preparation for the exame on the following texts:

Testi obbligatori per tutti gli studenti:

Alberto Mario Banti, L’età contemporanea Dalla Grande Guerra a oggi, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2009.

Guido Crainz, Storia della Repubblica L'Italia dalla Liberazione ad oggi, Roma, Donzelli, 2016, (3 capitoli a scelta)

Un testo a scelta tra i seguenti:

  • Gisela Bock, Le donne nella storia europea dal Medioevo ai nostri giorni, Roma Bari, Laterza, 2012, (3 capitoli a scelta).

  • Giovanni De Luna, Le ragioni di un decennio. 1969-1979. Militanza, violenza, sconfitta, memoria, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2009.

  • Emilio Gentile, L'apocalisse della modernità la grande guerra per l'uomo nuovo, Milano, Mondadori, 2008.

  • Emilio Gentile.La via italiana al totalitarismo. Il partito e lo Stato nel regime fascista, Roma, Carocci, 2008.

  • Emilio Gentile, Fascismo. Storia e interpretazione, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2017.

  • Heikki Mikkeli, Europa storia di un'idea e di un'identità,
    Bologna, Il mulino, 2002.

  • Elena Musiani, Faire une nation . Les Italiens et l'unité (XIXᵉ-XXIᵉ siècle), Paris, Gallimard, 2018.

  • Santo Peli, La Resistenza italiana. Storie e critica, Torino, Einaudi, 2004.

  • Valerio Onida, La Costituzione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2007.

  • Cinzia Venturoli, Stragi fra memoria e storia, Viterbo, Sette Città, 2007.

Teaching methods

Lectures with discussion and source presentations. During the course seminars may be promoted on topics and texts related to the course contents.

Assessment methods

What will be particularly assessed is the student's ability to orient him/herself within texts in order to identify the information that will enable him/her to illustrate aspects strictly related to the discipline. The achievement by the student of an organic vision of the topics discussed during the course, together with their critical use, and the possession of a mastery of expression and specific language, will be assessed and awarded a grade of ‘excellence'. A mechanical and/or mnemonic knowledge of the topics, a limited skill of synthesis and analysis and/or the correct but not always appropriate use of language will lead to ‘a discrete' assessment. Gaps in learning and/or inappropriate language – although within the context of minimal knowledge in the exam subject – will lead to a grade no higher than ‘sufficient'. In cases of the presence of significant gaps in knowledge, inappropriate language, lack of orientation within the texts, the exam will not be passed. A negative assessment for one of the two texts included inthe program will not allow the student to pass the exam successfully.

Teaching tools

Videoprojector, Interactive whiteboards, PC The lectures will take advantage of a PowerPoint presentation that is uploaded and made available to students in the " Teaching materials " of the course

Office hours

See the website of Cinzia Venturoli