History and media

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Supplementary compulsory subjects
First Semester
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Lesson (64 hours)

The teachings of the three-year curriculum, constitute the essential conceptual heritage to tackle the issues proposed in the course.

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The students’ knowledge will be assessed through an oral interview. The students are required to argue and critically analyse the texts and to critically compare the “traditional History” with the one reconstructed by the media (press, tv, web).
The final mark is calculated in 30ies. It will take into account the accuracy and quality of the responses (60%), as well as communication skill and the ability to adequately justify statements, analyzes and opin-ions shown during the interview (40%).

Voto Finale

The course aims of analyzing the disclosure, or lack of interest (more or less instrumental) of specific his-torical themes through the use of some of the major media.
The course will be organized by topics and the lessons will be divided basically into two parts: every week there will be a historical and historiographical lesson that aims to contextualize each topic, and there will be a “practice” lesson: the students will have to write articles, editorials about the historical or historiograph-ical subject explained by the lecteur or will have to debate how the media (press, tv, web) have addressed the historical or historiographical subject explained by the lecteur.
The course aims therefore at making the students able to analyze and evaluate the proposed historical themes and, above all, to compare the different way of making and spreading History.
The expected learning outcomes are:
• Knowledge and understanding of the historical period;
• Ability of arguing the historical and historiographical themes;
• Ability of interpreting the historical and historiographical themes.

"Worlds at War", from the ancient regime to the development of the modern world (sec. XV-XX):
- Ancien Regime: European and the Extra-European political system
- The European "weapons" and their flexibility over the centuries
- The discovery and confrontation with the complexity
- Meeting and clash with the enemy of all time: the Islamic world
- The Ottoman colossus, its evolution and interaction with the European world
- Towards the end of Western "superpower"

Students are expected to have studied the following books:
- PAOLO VIOLA, l’Europa moderna. Storia di un’identità, Einaudi (limitatamente alle pagine VII-73)
- WILLIAM MONTGOMERY WATT, Breve storia dell’Islam, il Mulino
- BERNARD LEWIS, l’Europa e l’Islam, Laterza
- BERNARD LEWIS, Le origini della rabbia musulmana. Millecinquecento anni di confronto tra Islam e Occidente, Mondadori

Students are expected to have read the following book:
- CORRADO FORMIGLI, Il falso nemico. Perché non sconfiggiamo il Califfato nero, Rizzoli 2016

Frontal lessons: the lecturer explains the contents of the course and interacts with the students through discussions, debates and group works. Once a week a specific task will be assigned and will be correct by the lecturer; the correction will be read and discussed in the classroom with the students.

Every Friday, from 4,30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. at the DiSTA Department (Via Mazzini, 5 – Varese).
It is recommended to contact the lecturer via e-mail.