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SOCIAL HISTORY

CODE 80266
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 9922 PEDAGOGIA, PROGETTAZIONE E RICERCA EDUCATIVA (LM-85) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-STO/04
    LANGUAGE Italian
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 1° Semester
    MODULES This unit is a module of:
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    The classes intend to offer students a few basic clues to acquire and to develop skills concerning the origins, the transformations, the contents, the sources, and the research methods of social history, paying also attention to the dynamics of the academic debate, with special reference to the contemporary era.  They will rely on the experience of mass migrations from Italy as a preferential case study to exemplify and to address such issues.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Classes aim at enabling students to acquire and to develop skills concerning the origins, the transformations, the contents, the sources, and the research methods of social history, paying also attention to the dynamics of the academic debate, with special reference to the contemporary era. Mass migrations from Italy, one of the most relevant social phenomena in this country’s history after the national unification, and their possible interpretations will offer the preferential case study to address such issues by means of the analysis of specific experiences.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The classes have two main purposes. On the one hand, they intend to offer students a few basic clues to acquire and to develop knowledge concerning the origins, the transformations, the contents, the sources, and the research methods of social history, paying also attention to the dynamics of the academic debate, with special reference to the contemporary era. On the other hand, the lessons will highlight a case study for social history. In other words, they will offer a brief overview of the most relevant events and historiographical issues concerning mass migrations from Italy, one of the most remarkable phenomena in the history of this country after the national unification, suggesting a few possible periodizations and interpretations. By the end of the classes the students will have the knowledge and the main methodological and theoretical tools to master the most important events, analytical categories, and historiographical issues related the social history of the contemporary era, with special reference to the case study of Italian mass migrations. They will also acquire skills about the availability, use and interpretation of sources and will be able to discuss the most significant historiographical paradigms.

    PREREQUISITES

    None. A basic knowledge of contemporary history is desirable but not compulsory.

     

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures, group discussions, group works (36 hours in total)

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Mass migrations from Italy as a case study for social history. After discussing the origins, transformations, contents, sources, and research methods of social history, the classes will highlight mass migrations from Italy as a case study for one of the most relevant social phenomena of this country after the national unification, on the grounds that such exodus had roughly twenty-six million people as main characters – let alone the individuals who were indirectly involved, starting with relatives who remained at home – between 1876 and 1976. In particular, the classes will address the possible periodizations of Italian migrations, as for both the destinations and the volume of the fluxes; the concept of “migrant” and the sources to draw quantitative data about the several phases of the exodus; the documentation to reconstruct the migrants’ experiences; the main interpretative paradigms, with special references to the notions of “diaspora” and “transnationalism”; the global context for Italian migrations; the relationship between expatriation and the economic cycles; xenophobia and anti-Italian prejudice in the host societies; the new mobility in the wake of the 2008 economic recession; the public use of the history of Italian migrations. Attention will be also paid to the fact that people’s mobility, albeit not at a mass level, was a constant feature of pre-industrial Italy and to the circularity of migration-related phenomena, shaped by conspicuous return fluxes and the temporary presence in Italy by migrants willing to move somewhere else.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    ONLY FOR ATTENDING STUDENTS:

    - Claudia Pancino, Storia sociale. Metodi, esempi, strumenti, Marsilio, Venezia, 2003, ISBN 978-88-317-8274-6; 

    - Pietro Corrao e Paolo Viola, Introduzione agli studi di storia, Donzelli, Roma, 2002, ISBN 978-88-7989-925-2;

    - All the materials uploaded to Aulaweb.

    Complementary texts

    Other readings may be indicated during the course

    FOR NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS:

    - Claudia Pancino, Storia sociale. Metodi, esempi, strumenti, Marsilio, Venezia, 2003, ISBN 978-88-317-8274-6; 

    - Pietro Corrao e Paolo Viola, Introduzione agli studi di storia, Donzelli, Roma, 2002, ISBN 978-88-7989-925-2;

    And a book to choose from​:

    - Patrizia Audenino e Maddalena Tirabassi, Migrazioni italiane. Storia e storie dall’Ancien régime a oggi, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2008, ISBN 978-88-6159-208-7;

    - Michele Colucci e Matteo Sanfilippo, Guida allo studio dell’emigrazione italiana, Viterbo, Sette Città, 2010, ISBN 978-88-7853-202-1;

    - Toni Ricciardi (a cura di), Storia dell'emigrazione italiana in Europa. Dalla Rivoluzione francese a Marcinelle (1789-1956), Donzelli, Roma, 2022, ISBN 978-88-55223065.

    STUDENTS WITH DSA:

    Students with DSA, disability or other special educational needs are recommended to contact the teacher at the beginning of the course, in order to organize teaching and assessment, taking in account both the class aims and the student's needs and providing suitable compensatory instruments.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    NICOLETTA VARANI (President)

    AUGUSTA MOLINARI

    GIAMPIETRO MAZZA (President Substitute)

    CARLO STIACCINI (President Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    September 2022. The detailed calendar will be uploaded in AulaWeb (http://www.aulaweb.unige.it/).

    Class schedule

    SOCIAL HISTORY

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam both rigorously individual and without any aid (except for students who are entitled to such support as, for instance, conceptual diagrams on the basis of specific prescription). The oral exam will be on the whole contents of the readings listed in the “recommended reading/bibliography” section.

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    Questions will also assess the understanding of the interpretative categories used to reconstruct the historical phenomena related to the social history  and the ability to resort to the specific lexicon of the discipline. Clarity in expressing one’s ideas and arguments will be a further element of evaluation. The final grade will result from the combination of the assessment of all these factors.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    17/01/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    31/01/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    14/02/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    30/05/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    13/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    27/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    18/07/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    05/09/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Students attending at least 65 percent of frontal-teaching classes will be regarded as “studenti frequentanti”. Attendance will be noted at the beginning of each class.

    All the students must visit the Aulaweb page (www.aulaweb.unige.it) regularly. All the information and materials related to this course are exclusively published on this website.