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HISTORY OF SOCIETY AND CULTURE IN MODERN AGE

CODE 108629
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 6 cfu during the 2nd year of 8459 STORIA (L-42) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-STO/02
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    Early modern-age society (16th-18th centuries) and its cultural characteristics. In the course, tools will be provided to know its forms, explain its dynamics and decipher its meanings

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course aims to provide the student with knowledge for the study of the history of culture and society in the early modern age, understood as a fundamental period of historical evolution that marks contemporary society. The field of the course is social history understood in necessary relation to the history of culture in the anthropological perspective. During the course concepts, models, themes, interpretive lines, sources and method of the social-historical approach will be introduced, starting with the innovations introduced in historiography by the "Annales" school. The objective of the course is to train a student capable of understanding the close relationship between social, economic, political and cultural dynamics in the processes of historical becoming.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The objectives of the course are mainly twofold:

    •     Understand the structural aspects of modern-age society in its various fields and problems
    •     Master historiographical vocabulary and tools for analyzing and interpreting sources

    At the end of the course the student

    - will know how to use the most important tools for understanding historical processes in their social and cultural dimensions;

    - will know how to interpret the links between institutional development, cultural development and social developments in the modern and early contemporary ages;

    - will know how to interpret contemporary society in the light of the social, cultural, economic, political-institutional changes of previous centuries;

    - will be familiar with the main forms of resistance to power that developed in the modern age and thus be able to better interpret the phenomena of social resistance in the contemporary age.

     

    PREREQUISITES

    General knowledge of early modern history

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lessons will be held in presence.

    During the course, non-traditional forms of teaching will be tried out, with particular use of the "flipped class" model and possibly other innovative teaching tools such as game-based learning experiences based on examples of playful history teaching (role-playing and boardgames)

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Attempts to define social history

    Social and cultural changes between the Middle Ages and the Ancien Régime

    Scholarly and popular culture

    The birth of the modern state

    Revolts and revolutions (15th-18th centuries)

    Some forms of resistance against power (cultural, political, religious):
    - The situation of women: Boccaccio, Chaucester, Christine de Pizan, Agrippa of Nettesheim. Witch-hunting and witchcraft.
    - The 'peasants' war.
    - Banditism and brigandage.

     

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Attending students prepare the exam on the topics covered during the lectures and complete the preparation on two books chosen among those indicated here.

    Non-attending students prepare the exam on four books chosen among those indicated here.

    C. Pancino, Storia sociale. Metodi, esempi, strumenti, Marsilio, Padova 2003

    R. Repetti, Alle origini dei diritti dell'uomo. Cultura della dignità e dei diritti tra XV e XVI secolo, Genova, Ecig, 2010

    R. Repetti, La nuova spiritualità dell'età moderna, Genova, Ecig, 2021, IV ed.

    G. Romagnani, La società d'antico regime (XVI-XVIII sec.). Temi e problemi, Carocci, Roma 2010

    C.M. Cipolla, Contro un nemico invisibile. Epidemie e strutture sanitarie nell'Italia del Rinascimento, Il Mulino, Bologna 2007

    C. Ginzburg, I Benandanti, Adelphi, Milano, 2020

    C. Ginzburg, Storia notturna. Una decifrazione del sabba, Adelphi, Milano, 2017

    E. J. Hobsbawm, I banditi. Il banditismo sociale nell'età moderna, Einaudi, Torino 2002

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    RENZO REPETTI (President)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    13.02.2023

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    The final exam takes place in oral form and in italian language. It consists of an interview between the teacher and the student, lasting about 20 minutes. For attending students, most of the interview will focus on the topics covered in class and in the recommended texts. For non-attending students, the interview will focus on the topics of the texts indicated in the program.

     

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    During the final exam, the candidate is required to demonstrate a good preparation on the adopted texts and, if attending, on the topics covered in class. This preparation is assessed through a discussion with the examiner.

    In principle, the grade will take into account the following ranges:

    evaluation of the notional aspects: up to 10/30;
    evaluation of elaboration skills: up to 15/30;

    evaluation of communication skills: up to 5/30

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    24/05/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    21/06/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    05/07/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale
    13/09/2023 10:00 GENOVA Orale

    FURTHER INFORMATION

    Disabled students or students with dsa are invited to contact the teacher by e-mail, copying the dsa sector (dsa@segreterie.unige.it) or the disability sector (disabili@segreterie.unige.it) and the contact teacher, Prof. Federica Petraccia (maria.federica.petraccia@lettere.unige.it).