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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
LE19108769, A.A. 2015/16

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2015/16

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0609, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2015/16
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MODERN HISTORY
Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge ANDREA CARACAUSI M-STO/02

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/02 Modern History 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/03/2016
End of activities 11/06/2016
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
4 1415 01/10/2014 30/11/2015 CARACAUSI ANDREA (Presidente)
IVETIC EGIDIO (Membro Effettivo)
2 1516 01/10/2015 30/11/2016 CARACAUSI ANDREA (Presidente)
IVETIC EGIDIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: No prerequisites are required, but availability and interest to learn.
Target skills and knowledge: The students will acquire knowledge of the cultural, social and economic factors that characterized the European and extra-European history between the Renaissance and the mid-nineteenth century.
This body of knowledge will be functional to understand present societies, through continuities and changes and with particular attention to those elements that linked landscape and culture.
Examination methods: Attending students
* written exam (3 open questions on the topics)

Non attending students
* non-written exam (3 open questions based on the compulsory texts)
Assessment criteria: The exam will be evaluated on the basis of the relevance and completeness of the answers and the ability to understand the proposed topics.
The students will be expected to focus on the spatial and temporal coordinates; on the cultural, social or economic elements; on the continuities and changes of the main discussed topics.
Course unit contents: • Introduction to early modern history
• Europe outside Europe
• The idea of Europe
• The Renaissance
• Divided Europe: Reform and Counter-Reform
• Filippo II and the Mediterranean
• Economy and society between sixteenth and seventeenth century
• The Iron Century
• Revolutions in England
• French Absolutism
• The Enlightenment
• The American Independence
• The Industrial Revolution
• The French Revolution
• Napoleon and the Restoration
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lecture with use of power-points, images, sources and graphs.
The presentations will be available on the e-learning space. Additional readings will be provided for those students who are interested.
Guide-lines and questions will be available in order to prepare the final examination.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The study of the book G. Gullino - G. Muto - R. Sabbatini - A. Caracausi, Storia moderna. Manuale per l'Università, Napoli, Edises, 2014 is compulsory for both attending and non-attending students.

Non attending students will study also :
* P. Prodi, La storia moderna, Il mulino, Bologna, 2005.

The use of the historical atlas is highly recommended.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G. Gullino - G. Muto - R. Sabbatini - A. Caracausi, Storia moderna. Manuale per l'Università. Napoli: Edises, 2014. Obbligatorio per TUTTI Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Prodi, La storia moderna. Bologna: Il mulino, 2006. Obbligatorio solo per i NON frequentanti Cerca nel catalogo