Economic history of contemporary Europe LM – 2023-2024

Teacher: Prof. Daniela Felisini
CFU: 6
Course code: 8048688
Degree: Master’s Degree “Scienze della Storia e del documento”
Course delivery modalities: In-presence
Language: Italian
Pre-requisites: General knowledge of the European and Global history in the 20th century
Attendance: Optional
Assessment method: Oral exam
Period: 2nd term
Starting day: 20 February 2024
Class hours
Tuesday, 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., T21
Wednesday, 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., T21
Thursday, 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., T27
The course will be dedicated to the economic and social history of Europe in the global scenario (19-21 centuries). The years 1945-2015 will be analysed considering the European integration process and the recent globalization. The economic role of State and institutions will be analysed through case studies analysed in different Countries. In-depth seminars will be offered by other scholars.
Text books:
1. Students of MA in Scienze della storia e del documento and MA in Filosofia will study one of the following textbooks:

  • I. T. Berend, Storia economica dell’Europa nel XX secolo, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2008.
  • C. Fumian – A. Giuntini (a cura di), Storia economica globale del mondo contemporaneo, Roma, Carocci, 2022.

2. Students of MA Progest and other MAs will study:

  • V. Zamagni, Perché l’Europa ha cambiato il mondo. Una storia economica, Bologna, il Mulino, 2015.
Non attending students of all MAs shall add the following reading:

  • C. Bastasin, G. Toniolo, La strada smarrita. Breve storia dell’economia italiana, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2020.
Educational goals and expected learning outcomes:
A) Learning outcomes: Students are expected to acquire a thorough knowledge of European economic history in the global context in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular reference to the role of the state and institutions.
B) Knowledge and understanding: The course involves the acquisition of in-depth economic histoy knowledges, progressively enlarging the horizon from Europe to non-European countries. Through the autonomous study of the textbooks and the specific readings suggested by the teacher during the lessons, the students will obtain specialized knowledge regarding the proposed monographic theme.
C) Applying knowledge and understanding: Students will be able to develop the historical knowledges and methodologies acquired during the course, and to apply them to the treatment of multiple types of sources and materials useful for the preparation of the final thesis, written after a thorough work of research and critical processing. They will also be able to study independently and use the knowledge and methodologies acquired to deal with other research topics that fall within their field of study.
D) Making judgements: The lessons and seminar activities provided stimulate the critical analysis skills and the autonomy of judgment of the students and ensure that they acquire the ability to understand and evaluate autonomously the reliability of the sources and the information contained in the selected documentation.
E) Communication skills: Through oral and written tests the course students will gain the ability to transmit their knowledge correctly and to illustrate their own point of view with clear and articulated arguments. They will be able to present the results of their written work using both traditional communication tools and multimedia ones.
F) Learning skills: Students will develop adequate learning skills that will enable them to take a proactive role in the development of research hypotheses not only in the context of economic history but in the wider field of historical disciplines. The skills and methodologies acquired could find the outlet in a possible subsequent third cycle of specialization and in many professional activities.
Methods and criteria for verifying the learning:
The assessment of the acquired knowledge and skills is entrusted to the writing of a written paper on research materials, its oral presentation and in-class discussion and/or to the final oral examination.
Teaching methods:
The course is based on: face-to-face lectures; writing of written assignments; in-depth study of relevant topics is based on readings with classroom discussion to promote peer learning; active participation in the lectures is required.
Attendance modalities:
A student who has attended at least 75% of the lectures and completed the written paper is considered to be an attendee.