02935 - Laboratory (Lab21)

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

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

At the end of the laboratory the student will develop the skills necessary to apply the knowledge learned in the courses of his/her programme degree. The student will be able to collect, organise and analyse complex information as well as present the findings both in oral presentation and in writing papers.

Course contents

The laboratory reviews the methodologies and primary sources used for the study of contemporary history in European and extra-European political and social contexts. Through the use of the different types of sources, some important issues that characterize contemporary historical research will also be addressed, including the definition of imperialistic policies, the Nation building process, the relationship between democratic regimes and authoritarian regimes.

Learning objectives of the lessons will be: to show how the most paradigmatic historiographical fields have been structured; to deepen some of the main Gordian knots of historical research both in Europe and outside Europe; to identify thematic itineraries that cross the history of the Nineteenth and Twentieth centuries. During the laboratory, the students will be encouraged to participate actively in class.


Pavone, Claudio, Prima lezione di storia contemporanea, Laterza, 2007.

Further scientific readings will be provided on the website of the laboratory.

Teaching methods

The laboratory is structured in 10 class of 2 hours each. Presentations and teaching material will be uploaded on the university platforms.

Assessment methods

Attendance of the laboratory is compulsory (8 lessons out of 10) and it will be verified and registered during each class.Active participation during the laboratory class will be encouraged by questions.

At the end of the workshop the student must submit a paper along one of these two possibilities:

  • An analysis of one of the documents selected from the list of primary sources that will be made available to students on the first day of class [max. 15,000 characters - spaces and bibliography included];
  • A historiographical essay that analyzes one of the themes presented during the lessons, comparing different national contexts [max. 25,000 characters - spaces and bibliography included].

The paper must be submitted by the date communicated by the teacher and, no later than, the end of the first exam session of the academic year. 2020/2021.

Teaching tools

Pc, Slides, video

Office hours

See the website of Francesco Davide Ragno