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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP6074859, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
HISTORY (Ord. 2016)
LE0600, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
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 GIORGIO SACCHETTI

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses M-STO/04 Contemporary History 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

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

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione 2019/20 01/12/2019 29/09/2020 ASQUER ENRICA (Presidente)
FRANCIA ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)
2 Commissione 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 ASQUER ENRICA (Presidente)
FRANCIA ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)
1 Commissione 2017/18 01/06/2018 30/11/2018 SACCHETTI GIORGIO (Presidente)
FRANCIA ENRICO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: None. A previous exam in contemporary history is advised but not compulsory.
Target skills and knowledge: By the end of the classes the student will develop skills at using a number of historical sources – both "conventional" and less "conventional" – and will acquire the basic knowledge to draw upon them, especially for the preparation of the first-level thesis.
Examination methods: The exam is divided into two parts: 1) elaboration of a brief written review (three to four double-spaced pages, times new roman 12, margins 2.2 cm on left, right, top and bottom), on a monograph assigned by the instructor, that must be submitted by email as a PDF file at least fifteen days before the date of the exam; 2) oral exam on the issues addressed during classes and/or on the contents of the readings listed in the "textbooks" section of the syllabus.
Assessment criteria: Ability to discuss the issues addressed during classes and/or in the readings listed in the "textbooks" section of the syllabus; clarity in expressing one's ideas and arguments. The successful review will not be a mere chapter-by-chapter summary of the book, but it will provide an overview of the structure and contents of the volume along with an assessment of its conclusion against the backdrop of the sources used and the existing works on the topic.
Course unit contents: The purpose of the course is to offer students a few basic clues concerning the theoretical and practical tools that are necessary to undertake research in the field of contemporary history, with specific reference to the acquisition of some familiarity with a number of sources characterizing the discipline, their availability and location as well as their use and interpretation. Such elements will turn out to be particularly useful for the preparation of the first-level thesis. The course will be divided into two parts. The first one will address the identification of the sphere of contemporary history, the legitimacy of this discipline and its possible periodizations, the bibliographic research, the main journals of the field, the public use of history as opposed to public history, and deconstruction. After outlining the difference between primary and secondary sources, the lessons will offer an overview of a series of specific sources that, in addition to more "conventional" kinds such as diplomatic records and newspapers, will also include some other typologies such as diaries and memoirs, oral, photographic, and iconographic sources, and monuments, along with the documentation available on the Internet. Finally, the classes will supply guidelines for online research. The second part will focus on the historiography, interpretative models (diaspora and transnationalism), sources concerning mass emigration from Italy in the contemporary age and sources concerning Movements and political parties in the late twentieth century (mainly police papers).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Frontal teaching. Students will be encouraged to ask questions during classes. The course was devised for students attending classes. Attendance is, therefore, advised.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students who do not plan to attend the course must contact the instructor in reasonable advance to make arrangements for an alternative exam program.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Carucci, Paola, Gli archivi di Stato in INSMLI, Storia d’Italia nel ventesimo secolo, a cura di Claudio Pavone, vol. III. Roma: Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, 2006. pp. 55-129, scaricabile da
  • Colucci, Michele (a cura di), La politica migratoria italiana attraverso le fonti governative, “Archivio Storico dell’Emigrazione Italiana”. VI: 1, 2010. pp. 5-89.
  • De_Luna, Giovanni; Colombini, Chiara, StoriaGiovanni De Luna, Chiara Colombini. Milano: Egea, 2014. ISBN 9788823827240.
  • D'Orsi, Angelo, Piccolo manuale di storiografiaAngelo d'Orsi. Milano: B. Mondadori, --. ISBN 9788842495741.
  • Luzzatto, Sergio (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico. Roma-Bari: Laterza, 2017. pp. 87-202, ISBN 9788842092209.
  • Noiret, Serge, Storia contemporanea digitale, in Rolando Minuti (a cura di), Il web e gli storici. Guida critica all'uso della rete. Roma: Carocci, 2015. pp. 267-300, ISBN 9788843077304.
  • Sacchetti, Giorgio, Carte di gabinettogli anarchici italiani nelle fonti di polizia (1921-1991)Giorgio Sacchetti. Ragusa: La Fiaccola, 2015. ISBN 9788894113105