Academic Year 2023/2024 - Teacher: CINZIA RECCA

Expected Learning Outcomes

The goal of the course is to provide the basic knowledge of the method and tools of the historian's work. To provide general historical-geographical knowledge of the most significant periods, aspects, issues, events and personalities relating to the time span from the 16th to the 19th century. To make the educator more aware of historical changes and related cultural and social influences.

The expected learning objectives, declined according to the Dublin Descriptors, are as follows:

Knowledge and comprehension skills (DD1)

    To know theories and models in the historical-geographical area for interpreting educational and training events (Core1)

    To know theories and methodologies of empirical research (Core 2)

    Knowledge of theories useful for interpreting historiographical dynamics (Core 4)

Applied knowledge and understanding (Core 2)

     To relate the theoretical and methodological contents learned to the interpretation of past, present, future events and processes (Core 1)
    To know how to choose methods, techniques and tools functional to the subjects and contexts of reference (Core 3)
    Be able to intervene in relational dynamics using methods and tools to manage situations at different levels (individual, organisational and community) (Core 4)
    Knowing how to use methodologies appropriate to the training objectives (Core 5)

Autonomy of judgement (Core 3)

To evaluate the relevance of the theories studied with respect to the situations addressed and the actions managed and/or observed (Core1)
    To be able to assess the link between research objectives and results (Core 2)
    To be able to evaluate the functional tools for historical research (Core 2)
     To be able to put forward, formulate and argue proposals for change and transformation (Core 4)

Communication skills (DD4)

    Able to communicate projects (Core 3)
    Knowing how to deal with interlocutors, specialists and non-specialists (Core 3)
    Knowing how to communicate the meaning of one's actions (Core 4)
    Knowing how to justify objectives, procedures, methodologies in oral and written form (Core 4)
    Be able to activate sharing processes (Core 5)
    Knowing how to value the different points of view involved (Core 5)

Learning capacity (DD5)

    To be able to identify the unexpected results of research and its possible developments in terms of methodology and impact.
To be able to identify one's own learning needs

Course Structure

The main teaching method will be the lecture, alternated by moments of discussion, confrontation, group work and seminar meetings. Occasionally, the lecture may be held in seminar form with scholars or specialists of the various topics through the use of interactive teaching. Part of the material available to the student will be made available on Studium available on the University's website.

For frequent students, there is an optional in itinere examination. Each small group (or individual student) is required to present orally, and (in view of the final examination) with a short written report, an explanation and commentary on a text chosen from those listed above.

Required Prerequisites

Skills in reading and summarising texts of a textbook nature, it is also recommended to have passed the Medieval History exam.

Attendance of Lessons

Reccomended attendance

Detailed Course Content

The course is divided into two sections: The general part involves the punctual knowledge and study of the following topics: The breaking of geographical barriers- The explorations and the discovery of America- The birth of colonial empires- Italy and Europe in the 16th century- The splendour of the Italian Renaissance- The wars of Italy- The Protestant Reformation- The Counter-Reformation and the Council of Trent- New wars for dominance over Europe- The 17th century-Europe in the 17th century- Absolute monarchy in France- Parliamentary monarchy in England- Italy in the 17th century- The scientific revolution- The early 18th century- The new culture of the Enlightenment- Europe and Italy in the 18th century- The world to Europeans: The Colonial EmpiresThe Age of Revolutions - The First Industrial Revolution - The American Revolution and the Birth of the United States of America - The French Revolution - The Napoleonic Age.


The monographic part proposes the study and in-depth study of one of the following topics of your choice.

Violence against women in history

Powerful queens and court life in the early modern age

Learning Assessment

Learning Assessment Procedures

For frequent students there is an optional examination in itinere. The test involves the writing and oral presentation of a project paper carried out in small groups or individually during the course on one of the recommended monographic texts. The evaluation of the examination is taken into account in the calculation of the final grade.

For non-frequent students.
Those who cannot attend the course (Erasmus students or workers) may agree with the professor on alternative programmes

Final examination: oral

Examples of frequently asked questions and / or exercises

Frequently asked questions concern the topics indicated in the programme and discussed in depth during the lectures