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Comparative history of political systems - Canale B

Programma

ProfessorChristine Vodovar
Course codeM043
General Discipline (SSD)M-STO/04
Course Year1
SemesterI Semestre
CourseB
Credits8
Total Workload200
Total Lesson Hours80
Course ContentsThe course aims at analyzing the characteristics and development of Western European political systems. While always taking into account the interaction between the international context and national political systems, it will be focused on a number of specific historical cases, considering them both in their peculiarities and as examples embodying more general political issues.
Reference Books1. Compulsory for all
Tom Buchanan, Europe’s Troubled Peace. 1945 to the Present, Wiley-Blackwell 2012


2. One of the following
Students must choose a book on a different country from that which they study for the seminars and essays (see teaching and assessment method). Students who do not participate in the classwork and do not submit an essay must choose two of the following books, on two different countries.

G.-J. Glaessner, German democracy. From post-world war II to present day, Berg 2005
M. Fulbrook, A History of Germany 1918-2008: The Divided Nation, Wiley-Blackwell, 2008
N. Atkin, The Fifth French Republic, Palgrave 2005
J. Gaffney, Political leadership in France. From Charles de Gaulle to Nicolas Sarkozy, Palgrave 2010
R. Vinen, Thatcher’s Britain: The Politics and Social Upheaval of the 1980s, Pocket Books 2010
D. Childs, Britain since 1945: A Political History, Routledge, 2012
G. Orsina, Berlusconism and Italy. A Historical Interpretation, Palgrave 2014
Course Formative ObjectivesThe course aims at making the students familiar with the essential features of political modernity, considered as a single phenomenon lasting from the age of the French Revolution to the crisis of communism, at the end of the Twentieth Century.
By using historical approach, it also aims at helping the students gain a deeper understanding of European politics, in their material, institutional and ideological features, and in the interaction between national peculiarities and the international dimension.
PrerequisitesBasic knowledge of Contemporary history
Teaching MethodThe course will consist of lectures. Students will be asked to prepare group presentations on case-studies for seminars, and discuss the presentations of others. They will also be required to deliver their presentations in essay-form, individually.
Assessment MethodClass work (both presentation and essay) will account for 30% of the final grade.
The written mid-term examination will account for a further 30%.
An final oral exam will provide the remaining 40%.
Criteria For Deciding On Subject Of Final PaperThose who wish to write their dissertation must discuss the issue with the professor.
Extended Program And Reference Reading Material
Week 1 - Lesson 1Introduction. XIX century legacies
Week 1 - Lesson 2WWI and the crisis of Democracy during the interwar period I
Week 2 - Lesson 1WWI and the crisis of Democracy during the interwar period II
Week 2 - Lesson 2WWI and the crisis of Democracy during the interwar period III
Week 3 - Lesson 1Reshaping European democracy after 1945 I
Week 3 - Lesson 2Reshaping European democracy after 1945 II
Week 4 - Lesson 1Reshaping European democracy after 1945 III
Week 4 - Lesson 2Western European politics in the Fifties and Sixties: between consolidation and new models I
Week 5 - Lesson 1Western European politics in the Fifties and Sixties: between consolidation and new models II
Week 5 - Lesson 2Western European politics in the Fifties and Sixties: between consolidation and new models III
Week 6 - Lesson 1Western European politics in the Seventies: contestation, adaptation and transitions I
Week 6 - Lesson 2Western European politics in the Seventies: contestation, adaptation and transitions II
Week 7 - Lesson 1The Eighties and the transformation of the European public sphere, I
Week 7 - Lesson 2The Eighties and the transformation of the European public sphere, II
Week 8 - Lesson 1The 1980s and the transformation of the European public sphere, III
Week 8 - Lesson 2Eastern Europe during the Cold War
Week 9 - Lesson 1Europe after the Cold War I
Week 9 - Lesson 2Europe after the Cold War II
Week 10 - Lesson 1Europe after the Cold War III
Week 10 - Lesson 2Europe after the Cold War IV
Week 11 - Lesson 1Presentations
Week 11 - Lesson 2Presentations
Week 12 - Lesson 1Presentations
Week 12 - Lesson 2Presentations