59288 - History of the Welfare State

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

No poverty Good health and well-being Gender equality Reduced inequalities

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

The course aims to provide an introduction to the history of the welfare state, considered as the most significant expression of the process of state and modern societies building in Western Europe and North America, particularly from the late nineteenth century to our days. The crisis and the transformation of the welfare state that we have known help us to understand how the welfare state has distinguished a long and perhaps unrepeatable season we call contemporary age. The first part of the course will be devoted to a critical survey of the European history issues in twentieth century: the values, conflicts and processes of identity construction that have characterized it. It is an essential step to address the second part of the course: a short outline of the history of Welfare state. The third part will be devoted to an in-depth example of the innovative processes that have occurred in the history of welfare, through the focus of the relationship between welfare and gender, with particular reference to the history of women's work, and using a rich repertoire of visual sources.

Duration: from , , to , . Site: Rimini


Students will cure their preparation for the exame on the following texts:
- Mark Mazower, Le ombre dell'Europa, Democrazie e totalitarismi nel XX secolo, Milano, Garzanti, 2013
- Fulvio Conti, Gianni Silei, Breve storia dello Stato sociale, Roma, Carocci, 2013
- Donne e lavoro: un'identità difficile, a cura di Rossella Ropa e Cinzia Venturoli, Bologna, Editrice Compositori, 2010 (The text will be available in the following electronic format: http://online.ibc.regione.emilia-romagna.it/h3/h3.exe/apubblicazioni/t?ISBN=9788877947017 [https://mail.unibo.it/owa/redir.aspx?C=ECsdbwX18066nYKlpHIxbtkS5z5179EIlGOXs3CkQ3FIK3wSU25f4jbVtPQHuwNfTGbfPqoeCK4.&URL=http%3a%2f%2fonline.ibc.regione.emilia-romagna.it%2fh3%2fh3.exe%2fapubblicazioni%2ft%3fISBN%3d9788877947017] )

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

See the website of Alberto Preti