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HISTORY OF NORTH AMERICA (CANADA, UNITED STATES)

CODE 104501
ACADEMIC YEAR 2021/2022
CREDITS 9 credits during the 3nd year of 8740 Modern languages and cultures (L-11) GENOVA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 8459 History (L-42) GENOVA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 9265 MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES FOR CULTURAL SERVICES (LM-38) GENOVA

6 credits during the 2nd year of 9265 MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES FOR CULTURAL SERVICES (LM-37) GENOVA

6 credits during the 1st year of 9265 MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES FOR CULTURAL SERVICES (LM-38) GENOVA

6 credits during the 1st year of 9265 MODERN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES FOR CULTURAL SERVICES (LM-37) GENOVA

SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/05
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (Modern languages and cultures)
SEMESTER 1° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

The teaching aims to provide tools and critical skills for a knowledge of history of the United States and Canada, bringing the student closer to the use of documentary sources and the complexity of historiographic interpretations.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course covers the history of North America from its formative period to the trauma of the attacks of September 2001. It is about the sub-continent that gave rise to Canada and the United States of today. The target of the course is to provide students with a general knowledge of the first three centuries of the North American history.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The teaching aims to provide students with an introduction to the political, economic and social issues of North America (Canada and the United States).history. The teaching  also offers a basic knowledge of the history of this sub-continent with particular reference to the specific cultures that have made it so peculiar. The aim of it will therefore be to provide the skills to make thematic and cultural links between the historical dynamics dealt with, also considering the mutual influence in the developing process.

PREREQUISITES

A good knowledge of written and spoken Italian is necessary to pass the exam

For the Academic year 2020/2021 due to Covid 19 pandemic, it is necessary to have an electronic device (PC, tablet, smartphone) with quick connection available in order to connect to the platforms Tims and Aulaweb on which this course will be delivered.

TEACHING METHODS

36-hour teaching equivalent to 6 CFU and 54 hours equivalent to 9 CFU, through classroom lectures.

Course for the academic year 2021-2022 will be carried out as distance learning courses only and will be offered on the "TEAMS" and "AULAWEB" platforms. Both platforms are available to regularly enrolled students by entering www.cedia.unige.it website

Attendance is not compulsory but warmly recommended

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The teaching assigns from 6 to 9 credits according to the program of each student.

For  6 CFU teaching

The teaching (36 hours of lessons) illustrates the history of North America from the colonial age until the beginning of the 21st century up to the attacks of September the 11th 2001. It is about the historical evolution of the region that gave rise to today Canada and United States . The aim of the teaching is to provide students with a general knowledge of the first three centuries (18th,19th and 20th sec.) of North American history. Attendance at lessons is required. To pass the exam it is necessary to study the books listed in the bibliography.

For 9 CFU teaching

In addition to what is indicated for the 6 CFU teaching, the second part of the teaching (18 hours of lessons) will deepen the history of New Deal from 1929 Big Crash to the Thirties reforms. 

Syllabus

  1. Overview; the colonial era: varous colonization of North America (sec. XV-XVIII);
  2. The Age of Independence (1756-1775);
  3. The Declaration of Independence and the War against Motherland (1776-1783);
  4. From Confederation to Constitution (1777-1788) and the shaping of the New Republic (1789-1800);
  5. Expantion, developement and political changing (1800-1850);
  6. The ordeal of Union (1850-1865);
  7. Reconstruction and the Gilded Age (1865-1896);
  8. Foreign policy and the Imperial Developement (1865-1917);
  9. The Progressive Era(1896-1917);
  10. World War One (1917-1919) and the Twenties
  11. The Big Crash and the New Deal;
  12. World War Two and the Roots of Cold War
  13. The Fifties between Better Living and the Fight for Civil Rights
  14. The long lasting Sixties
  15. The Seventies: crisis and the reborn of Conservatorism
  16. The Eighties: Ronald Reagan and the end of Cold War
  17. From the Nineties to September 11th, 2001
  18. Canada: geographical and morphological features; end of 6 CFU.
  19. Canada:  historical stages 
  20. Canada: how the country has evolved;
  21. The origin of 1929 crisis;
  22. 1929 crisis: development and highlights;
  23. Franklin Delano Roosevelt: the man and the politician;
  24. The First New Deal;
  25. The Second New Deal
  26. The New Deal: a global history
  27. Final consideration; End of  9 CFU

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bibliography for the 6 cfu program

Point 1. a volume chosen from the following :

- Stefano Luconi, La "nazione indispensabile". Storia degli Stati Uniti dalle origini a Trump, Le Monnier, Firenze, 2020;
- Arnaldo Testi, La formazione degli Stati Uniti, Bologna, il Mulino, 2013;
- Arnaldo Testi, Il secolo degli Stati Uniti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014;

Point 2: in addition to the study of one of the volumes listed in point 1, the student must also deepen a volume chosen from the following:

- Tiziano Bonazzi, Abraham Lincoln. Un dramma americano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016;

  - Tiziano Bonazzi, La rivoluzione americana, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018;

  - Ferdinando Fasce, I presidenti USA. Due secoli di storia, Roma, Carocci, 2008;

  - Tania Groppi, Il Canada, Bologna, il Mulino, 2006;

  - Raimondo Luraghi, La guerra civile americana. Le ragioni e i protagonisti del primo conflitto industriale, Milano, Rizzoli, 2013;

- Aram Mattioli, Mondi perduti. Una storia dei nativi nordamericani, 1700-1910, Torino, Einaudi, 2019;

- Kiran Klaus Patel, Il New Deal. Una storia globale, Torino, Einaudi, 2018;

- Elisabetta Vezzosi, Mosaico americano. Società e cultura negli USA contemporanei, Roma, Carocci, 2005.

Bibliografy for the 9 cfu program

Point 1: to read the two volumes indicated below

- Arnaldo Testi, La formazione degli Stati Uniti, Bologna, il Mulino, 2013;

-  Arnaldo Testi, Il secolo degli Stati Uniti, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2014;

Point 2: in addition to the study of one of the volumes listed in point 1, the student must deepen a volume chosen from the following:

- Tiziano Bonazzi, Abraham Lincoln. Un dramma americano, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2016;

  - Tiziano Bonazzi, La rivoluzione americana, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018;

  - Ferdinando Fasce, I presidenti USA. Due secoli di storia, Roma, Carocci, 2008;

  - Tania Groppi, Il Canada, Bologna, il Mulino, 2006;

  - Raimondo Luraghi, La guerra civile americana. Le ragioni e i protagonisti del primo conflitto industriale, Milano, Rizzoli, 2013;

- Aram Mattioli, Mondi perduti. Una storia dei nativi nordamericani, 1700-1910, Torino, Einaudi, 2019;

- Kiran Klaus Patel, Il New Deal. Una storia globale, Torino, Einaudi, 2018;

- Elisabetta Vezzosi, Mosaico americano. Società e cultura negli USA contemporanei, Roma, Carocci, 2005.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

ROBERTO MACCARINI (President)

FULVIA ZEGA

FERDINANDO FASCE (Substitute)

LESSONS

LESSONS START

Wednesday, September 30th, 2020; 12.00 a.m.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral exam either at the end of the course  and at all the scheduled dates. 

Due to the persistence of the Covid 19 pandemic, exams will be carried out as distance learning courses only by connecting to the Teams platform.

Registration procedures for exams through University website are unchanged .

ASSESSMENT METHODS

The test consists of an interview of varying duration that will allow to verify the student's skills. The evaluation parameters are: quality of the exposure; the correct use of the historiographic lexicon; the critical reasoning skills with respect to the program.

According to the number of students, thematic insights and individual presentations in oral form are required.
 

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
20/01/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale Appello con modalità di svolgimento a distanza
09/02/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale Appello con modalità di svolgimento a distanza
28/04/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale L'appello si svolgerà con modalità a distanza mediante la piattaforma Teams. Il codice d'accesso sarà disponibile al link dell'insegnamento in Aula Web alcuni giorni prima (2/3 giorni) della prova.
15/06/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale Appello in presenza: Aula F - Polo Didattico
06/07/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale Appello in presenza: Aula F - Polo Didattico
06/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale Aula F - Polo Didattico
20/09/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale Aula F - Polo Didattico