cod. 01984

Academic year 2023/24
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Storia contemporanea (M-STO/04)
Discipline storiche, geografiche, filosofiche, sociologiche e psicologiche
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

Knowledge and understanding
The student will develop basic knowledge in the notions and fundamental questions of contemporary history, in particular in the link of political, social, cultural and economic aspects. Furthermore, specific attention will be on the history of Republican Italy, to understand how politics has responded to the educationale needs of the population.

Applying knowledge and understanding.
The student should be able to support and espose clearly, through appropriate arguments, the knowledge developed in the course on complex issues of contemporary history.

Making judgements
The student should be able to acquire the critical knowledge necessary to interpret the main and most relevant issues. During the exam, they will present with a correct argument.

Communication skills
The student is expected to communicate their own thoughts, through appropriate language, on issues of contemporary history analyzed in the course.

Learning skills
The student should be able to acquire skills, through an appropriate method of study, to undertake complex issues of contemporary history, in the link of political, social, cultural and economic aspects.



Course unit content

The course aims to construct the history of Republican Italy. It will be interpreted in political and institutional aspects with links on a social, cultural and economic level. The second part of the course will explore school reforms, particularly in the years of the center-left.

Full programme

The course will be divided into two parts.
In the first part, focused on the history of Republican Italy, the following topics will be addressed:
- The origins of the Italian Republic
- The age of centrismo
- The centro-sinistra
- The Seventies
- The Pentapartito
- The crisis of the Republic
- The "second" Republic

In the second part, foucsed on school reforms, the following topics will be addressed:
- The Unified middle school
- The education of infants
- University policies
- Implement the Constitution in the education


1) G. Vecchio - P. Trionfini, Storia dell’Italia repubblicana (1946-2018), Monduzzi, Milano 2019 (chapter 1, 2, 3, 4)
2) D. Gabusi, La svolta democratica nell’istruzione italiana. Luigi Gui e la politica scolastica del centro-sinistra, Scholé, Brescia 2022 (except chapters 1 and 7)

Teaching methods

The teaching consists of lectures, presented with Power Point slides. Slides presented in class will be posted online at the end of each part. Slides do not replace the study of the recommended readings. Students will be involved in the activities through questions and discussions.

Assessment methods and criteria

The oral exam consists of a verification of the knowledge of the the history of Republican Italy history, with particular reference to the school reform of the centro-sinistra. The questions will be both general and specific in order to respond to the training objectives indicated. An insufficiency assessment is determined by the lack of knowledge of the minimum contents of the course; the inability to express themselves adequately to the topic; from the lack of autonomous preparation; moreover, by the inadequacy to formulate judgments independently.
A sufficient evaluation (18-23 / 30) is determined by an acceptable level of performance by the student of the evaluation indicators listed above.
The average scores (24-27 / 30) are assigned to the student who proves to have a more than sufficient (24-25 / 30) or good (26-27 / 30) level of the assessment indicators listed above.
The highest scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 with honors) are awarded on the basis of the demonstration of an excellent to excellent level of the evaluation indicators listed above.

Other information

The exam program is the same for all students, without difference between attending and non-attending students. The Erasmus students have to contact the professor at the beginning of the course.