History of International Relations LM – 2023-2024

Teachers: Prof. Daniela Felisini; Prof. Gianluca Fiocco; Prof. Alessandro Ricci
E-mail: felisini@uniroma2.it; fiocco@lettere.uniroma2.it; alessandro.ricci@uniroma2.it
CFU: 6
Course code
Degree: Master’s Degree “Scienze della Storia e del documento”
Course delivery modalities: In-presence
Language: Italian
Pre-requisites: No Prerequisites Required
Attendance: Optional
Assessment method: Oral exam
Period: 2nd term
Starting day: 26 February 2024
Class hours
Tuesday, 9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m., Aula 2 PP2
Wednesday, 9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m., Aula 2 PP2
Thursday, 9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m., Aula 2 PP2
The course aims to provide students with valid knowledge and orientation skills regarding the main issues relating to international relations from the end of the 19th century to the present day. The disciplinary field of international relations will be developed in its broadest sense, not limited to the level of diplomatic relations between states, but including every form of interaction between countries, economies, peoples and cultures. A common thread of the lessons will be the focus on the growing degree of interdependence between the different areas of the planet, considered as a characterizing feature of the contemporary age. Specific attention will be dedicated to the post-Cold War globalization phase and its crisis, up to the current deglobalization scenarios. After an introductory meeting on the history of international relations from a multidisciplinary perspective, the course will be divided into three teaching units: the first dedicated to the theme of Wars and conflicts from “the age of catastrophe” to the Cold War; a second in History of international economic relations. Europe between integration and globalization; a third concerning Globalization, crisis and geopolitics in the post-bipolar system.
Text books:
1. F. Romero, Storia internazionale dell’età contemporanea, Roma, Carocci, 2012.
2. L. Rapone, Storia dell’integrazione europea, nuova edizione, Roma, Carocci, 2015.
Books to learn more about the different topics will be indicated during the lessons.
Educational goals and expected learning outcomes:
A) Learning outcomes: Achieve a good understanding of the main events and issues of the History of international relations in the contemporary age. Develop the students’ critical spirit and their ability to explain what has been learned.
B) Knowledge and understanding: Students attending the course will have to acquire a solid basic preparation on the main issues of the History of international relations in the contemporary age; they will also have to acquire awareness of the fundamental methodological tools of the discipline and of the existence of different historiographic trends and interpretations regarding the various events treated. All this will be the result, in addition to frontal teaching activities, also of the practical involvement of students through the reading and analysis in the classroom of historical documents and historiography.
C) Applying knowledge and understanding: Students attending the course must be able to apply the acquired skills and methodological tools to the analysis and interpretation of historical documents and historiographic texts.
D) Making judgements: Students attending the course will be able to collect and interpret data useful for the understanding and analysis of historical documents and historiographic texts, to comment critically in autonomy the contents and for the reflection on social, scientific, or ethical issues related to them, having acquired the ability to formulate independent judgments. This also through the address to an intense reading activity, with appropriate guidance to critical comment. E) Communication skills: Students attending the course will have to know how to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions concerning the main issues addressed, both to specialist interlocutors of the discipline and to non-specialists. For this purpose we will try to direct the student to structure and refine their communication skills, also through discussion and debate in the classroom.
F) Learning skills: Students attending the course will have made progress in developing the cognitive abilities and theoretical-critical skills necessary for an independent study of the historical disciplines; all this also conceived for the purpose of a positive access to subsequent cycles of study, with a high degree of autonomy.
Methods and criteria for verifying the learning:
A) Teaching methods: a fundamental part of the teaching consists of the frontal lessons, designed to provide students with all the tools needed to fully understand, and autonomously elaborate, the program and the required textbooks. During the lessons, the reconstruction of events and problems will be accompanied by the reading and commentary of documents and sources of the time.
B) Methods and criteria for verification of learning outcomes: students will have to take an oral test which will focus on the main topics covered during the lessons and studied on textbooks. The final judgment will be based on the knowledge shown and on the exposure skills.
Teaching methods:
A) Method of implementation: entirely in presence.
B) Teaching methods: frontal lessons; practical involvement of students through reading and analysis of historical documents and historiographic passages in the classroom.
Attendance modalities:
The course is divided into 18 lessons of 2 hours, for a total of 36 hours. Additional hours will be possible to complete the program. Attending students will have to participate in the frontal explanation parts, use the teaching materials provided by the teacher and animate the debate in the classroom.