90768 - History of Contemporary Society

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  • Teacher Daniela Calanca

  • Credits 6

  • SSD M-STO/04

  • Teaching Mode Traditional lectures

  • Language Italian

  • Campus of Rimini

  • Degree Programme First cycle degree programme (L) in Fashion Cultures and Practices (cod. 9064)

  • Teaching resources on Virtuale


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

Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student acquires skills and knowledge in the context of socio-historical research concerning the main political transformations, socio-economic and cultural conditions, that occurred in the Italian and European society in the nineteenth and twentieth century. In particular, he has the ability to read analytically documents, apply appropriate methodologies and historiographical concepts fundamental to critically interpret historical change in contemporary society.

Course contents

Methods and sources of Social History and Cultural History

Historiographical problems of Fashion Social History and contemporary cultures

Fashion and Cultural Heritage

Historical Imaginaries and Modern Ideologies

Nationalism and Imperialism of Fashion between the 19th and 20th centuries

Fashion Itineraries between modernity and tradition

Burgeios Society and Mass Society

Fashion and Totalitarism

Model of education, feelings and emotional bahaviour

Consumptions, trends and images value

Identity and transformation

Fashion in Archivio Storico Istituto Luce online (1928-1980)

Fashion in Archivio della Moda Italiana di Giovanni Battista Giorgini (1920-2001)



D. Calanca, Storia sociale della moda contemporanea, Bononia University Press, Bologna 2014

One of the following text is also recommended:

A.M. Banti, Eros e virtù. Aristocratiche e borghesi da Watteau a Manet, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2016

C.M. Belfanti, Storia culturale del Made in Italy, il Mulino, Bologna 2019

D. Calanca, Relazioni familiari nel Novecento, Bononia University Press, Bologna 2004

D. Calanca, Non ho l'età. Giovani moderni negli anni della rivoluzione, Bononia University Press, Bologna 2008

D. Calanca, Moda e immaginari sociali in età contemporanea, Mondadori, Milano 2016

G. Di Giangirolamo, Istituzioni della Moda. Interventi tra pubblico e privato in Italia e in Francia (1945-1965), Mondadori, Milano 2019

F. Lussana, Il movimento femminista in Italia. Esperienza, storie, memorie, Carocci, Roma 2012

G. Mammarella, L'Italia di oggi. Storia e cronaca di un ventennio 1992-2002, il Mulino, Bologna 2012

L. Sciolla (a c. di), Processi e trasformazioni sociali. La società europea dagli anni Sessanta a oggi, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2016

R. Vinen, L'Europa nel Novecento. Una storia sociale, Carocci, Roma 2004

Further readings will be given during the lessons.

For the assessment of required knowledge:

P. Sorcinelli, D. Calanca, D. Pela, Storie, La Nuova Italia, Firenze 2003, Vol. III, pp. 4-5; 8-15; 20-21; 24-26; 28-30; 56-63; 80-111; 118-124; 130-132; 138-143; 144-150; 164-167; 170-185; 238-251; 258-278; 284-288.

Teaching methods

Lessons, seminars, practices

Assessment methods

A) The assessment of required knowledge of Contemporary History is mandatory for all students.

Written exam. The candidate will take a 30 minute written text composed of 20 different types questions (tru/false, multiple choice). Students have to prove their knowledge of Twentieth Century History at least on the most relevant political, social and economic facts, as part of their studies prior to attending University. the text will be given through the University e-learning platform and will be evaluated positive by correctly answering 12 questions out of 20. If the text will be failed, during the oral exam will be asked some questions on the written test objects. Once enrolled at the degree course and came into possession of University credentials, students can become familiar with the e-learning platform and find all the related information at this link   https://elearning-cds.unibo.it

The instructions to take this part of the exam have a dedicated section in "Bibliography".

B) Oral exam of History of Contemporary Society: the exam consists in verifyng the learning of the texts and contents of the course, the ability to analyze the contemporary society change. In addition, a research of unpublished photographic documents from family photo album is request, with the aim to learn the fundamentals of historic methodology. During  the lessons, will be provide all the necessary tools for the development of the research, that will be verified at the exam.

Teaching tools

Multimedia tools

Digital resources on the Net

Links to further information


Office hours

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