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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP7077820, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
SP1426, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF ITALY'S FOREING POLICY
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
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 LORENZO MECHI SPS/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/06 History of International Relations 9.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 65 160.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2018/19 Reg.2008 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of history since the mid-19th century, with a special attention for Italy’s internal situation and the evolution of the international system, is required.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims at giving the students a basis of historical knowledge to make them able to adequately understand the past and present trends of Italy's foreign policy, as well as to identify their connections with the domestic transformations and the evolution of the international system.
The categories and tools learned through the Italian example will also allow the student to analyze the dynamics of foreign policy in other countries.
Examination methods: The final exam will consist of a written test. Students will have to answer two or three open questions on the topics covered during the course. The questions will be of a broad nature, in order to encourage students to quickly synthesize and identify the major features of the issues they are asked to describe.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated on the basis of their critical knowledge of the topics dealt with during the course, as well as their ability to synthesize and contextualize them in the broader framework of the evolving international system.
Course unit contents: The course will treat the following topics:
1) An overview of the international dimension of the Risorgimento
2) The foreign policy of liberal Italy and the Triple Alliance
3) Italy in Giolitti’s years: national developments and new international ambitions
4) World War One and the peace conference
5) The foreign policy of fascist Italy, from stabilization to crisis
6) The alliance with Germany and World War Two
7) The Italian Republic between reconstruction and Cold War
8) Italy and European integration during the “centrist” years
9) The foreign policy of “centre-left” Italy, between domestic ambitions and external constraints
10) The political, economic and social evolution of the 1970s: Italy under a “special surveillance”
11) The new balances of the 1980s and the new dynamics in foreign policy
12) The end of the Cold War, the Treaty of Maastricht and the fall of the “first republic”
13) A few hints on the foreign policy of the “second republic”
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is made of frontal lectures. The teacher will constantly try to stimulate the interaction and active participation of the students, by encouraging questions and observations on the topics dealt with during the lessons.
Students (or only a part of them, depending on their number), on a voluntary basis, may organise in small working groups to study in depth specific topics or moments of Italy’s foreign policy. In this case, the last lessons will be devoted to presenting and discussing the work of the groups.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students must study the suggested textbooks (alternative textbooks may be agreed upon with the teacher). Attending lectures is, however, strongly recommended.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G. Mammarella e P. Cacace, La politica estera estera dell'Italia. Dallo stato unitario ai giorni nostri. Roma/Bari: Laterza, 2006. Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Varsori, L’Italia e la fine della guerra fredda. La politica estera dei governi Andreotti. Bologna: Il Mulino, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group

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