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HISTORY OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

CODE 57026
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 10 cfu during the 3nd year of 8768 SCIENZE INTERNAZIONALI E DIPLOMATICHE (L-36) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR SPS/06
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    PREREQUISITES
    Prerequisites
    You can take the exam for this unit if you passed the following exam(s):
    • International and Diplomatic Sciences 8768 (coorte 2020/2021)
    • CONTEMPORARY HISTORY 57036
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The course deals with the history of international relations during the XX century and in the new millenium, paying particular attention to the origins, the development and the end of the Cold War, as well as to the evolution of the post-Cold War international system.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to provide students an adequate knowledge, from the methodological and cultural point of view, of the international system, especially at the European level, focussing in particular on the transition from the international Cold war system to the new international order of the 21st century.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Provide the students:

    1) the ability to understand the dynamics that have characterized the international system in the XX century.

    2) the ability to evaluate and interpret the debate on international issues using the knowledge of the historical past as a key to understanding.

    3) the ability to develop a critical evaluation of the international dynamics of the XX century .

    4) the development of communication skills, both in written  (written test for attending students) and in oral form with an appropriate language (through seminars, paper presentations and class discussions).

    5) Learning skills, developed through frontal lessons, classroom discussions and the study of reference books.

    PREREQUISITES

    Modern History and Contemporary History

    TEACHING METHODS

    According to the rules of the University of Genova the course will be provided with lectures in class.

     

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

     The course deals with the history of the international system from 1900 till the US presidential elections of 2008. The introductory part, devoted to the analysis of continuities and discontinuities from the XIX to the XX century, will be followed by the analysis of the main turning points of the so-called "short Twentieth Century": the end of World War I, the setting up of the Versailles system, the interwas period, the causes and the outbreak of World War II, the various phases of the Cold War, the decolonization process, the Middle East crisis, the end of the Cold War and the search for a new international order.

     

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    For all the students: A. Varsori, Storia internazionale dal 1919 a oggi, Bologna il Mulino, 2019

    Non-attending students will also study one of the following volumes: M. Del Pero, Era Obama. Dalla speranza del cambiamento all'elezione di Trump, Milano, Feltrinelli, 2017;  T.G. Fraser, Il conflitto arabo-israeliano, Bologna, il Mulino, 2004; M.E. Guasconi, Prove di politica estera: la Cooperazione Politica Europea, l'Atto Unico Europeo e la fine della guerra fredda, Milano, Mondadori Università, 2020; M.K. Hall, La guerra del Vietnam, Bologna, il Mulino, 2007; 

    Erasmus students can study on the book: A. Best, J. Hanhimaki, J. A. Maiolo and K. Schulze, International History of the XX Century and Beyond, London, Routledge, 2015.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    MARIA ELEONORA GUASCONI (President)

    LUCA BARBAINI

    GUIDO LEVI (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    I Semester Approx September 27 2022

     

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

     The examination will be oral and will last approximately 15-20 minutes. Attending students can divide the examination in two parts, the first one will be written from the Paris Conference on 1919 to the establishment of the Warsaw Pact in 1955 (pp. 19-192).

     

     

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The final exam will be oral and  will include questions on the course's program and, for non-attending students, the chosen text.

    Foreign students can apply to take it in English.

    The Commission is appointed by the Department and chaired by the Professor of the course.

     

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    16/12/2022 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    17/01/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/02/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    23/05/2023 14:30 GENOVA Orale
    13/06/2023 14:30 GENOVA Orale
    11/07/2023 14:30 GENOVA Orale
    05/09/2023 14:30 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

     The Professor will share the slides of the course on aulaweb.