History of Spain and Latin America

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to point out the different features of the history of Spain and Latin America from the year 1492 to the present time (Unit A), emphasizing the specificity of the different periods, contexts and concepts through in-depth monographic analyses (Unit B and Unit C).
Expected learning outcomes
Through the initial lectures, the discussion with the instructor and the individual work on the materials examined during the course (sources, historiography, literary texts, iconography, films and documentaries) and/or the autonomous study of the scheduled bibliography, students will be able to:
· 1) acquire a sure knowledge of the profile of the history of Spain and Latin America from the end of the fifteenth century to the presentday, identifying its fundamental connections and the main aspects;
· 2) understand, from a European, American, transatlantic and global perspective, the underlying dynamics of political-institutional, socio-cultural, economic and demographic phenomena that characterize the history of Spain and Latin America over the centuries under consideration;
· 3) learn to examine critically, and with close attention, the past-present relationship, sources and documents of different nature concerning wide-ranging phenomena within the general history of Spain and Latin America;
· 4) learn how to expose oral and/or written knowledge through individually submitted/redacted reports;
· 5) integrate the knowledge gained in the field of general history and analysis of sources and interpretations by establishing links with the other disciplines covered by the study path.
· Language of teaching: Italian
· Teaching method: face-to-face lessons
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
The course will be held in the second semester 2020-2021.
In the emergency teaching phase, should it become necessary to use online teaching, mixed teaching methods will be used.
More specifically:
Module 1, Online lessons, using Teams.
Module 2, Online lessons, using Teams, and recorded lessons (file audio, Powerpoint, documents).
The recorded lessons will be uploaded on the Ariel website of the course: https://mbenzonissal.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx
Lessons will apply methods that are designed to encourage the involvement and the participation of all students.
The timetable of the lessons remains unchanged and all the most important information will be provided through the Ariel website of the course.
The methods and criteria for the lessons in attendance, which require a reservation with the appropriate app, will be published in good time on the Ariel website of the course.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Spain and Latin America between history and cultural memory

Module 1: An introduction to the history of Spain and Latin America

Module 2: Spanish America and Latin America on screen

Module 3: Visions of America. History and memory of the past in the Latin American Nobel Prize for Literature laureates' speeches

The course aims to offer both an introduction to the history of Spain and Latin America in a global perspective (Module 1) and two in-depth monographic analyses (Module 2 and 3). Particularly, Module 2 focuses on the analysis of a selection of international movies with the aim to improve the knowledge of the history of Spain and Latin America, and to approach the theme of the representation of the past in the film industry and in the cultural memory. Module 3 focuses on Latin American Nobel Prize for Literature laureates' speeches to analyse the different perspectives towards the past and the present of the subcontinent.
The syllabus is valid until February 2022.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
The teaching is also based on didactic and multimedia material provided on Ariel.
In addition to frontal lectures, team works and/or individual presentations are envisaged.
Lectures are thaught in Italian.
Teaching Resources
9 CFU

Attending students:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (Module 1, 2 and 3)

Module 1 - Knowledge of one of the following volume/s and interview:

- M. M. Benzoni, Americhe e modernità. Un itinerario fra storia e storiografia dal 1492 ad oggi, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2012 (prima sezione), L. Zanatta, Storia dell'America latina contemporanea, Laterza, Roma 20195, S. Gruzinski, Storia, memoria, immaginari nel mondo globalizzato, intervista a cura di Maria Matilde Benzoni, 2015: http://portalevideo.unimi.it/embedmedia?mid=478

-M. De Giuseppe - Gianni La Bella, Storia dell'America latina contemporanea, Il Mulino, Bologna 2019, S. Gruzinski, Storia, memoria, immaginari nel mondo globalizzato, intervista a cura di Maria Matilde Benzoni, 2015: http://portalevideo.unimi.it/embedmedia?mid=478

-J. H. Elliott, La Spagna imperiale 1469-1716, Il Mulino, Bologna 2006, S. Gruzinski, Storia, memoria, immaginari nel mondo globalizzato, intervista a cura di Maria Matilde Benzoni, 2015: http://portalevideo.unimi.it/embedmedia?mid=478

-G. Hermet, Storia della Spagna nel Novecento, Il Mulino, Bologna 1999, S. Gruzinski, Storia, memoria, immaginari nel mondo globalizzato, intervista a cura di Maria Matilde Benzoni, 2015: http://portalevideo.unimi.it/embedmedia?mid=478

Module 2 - Knowledge of the selection of movies and the following volumes:
- S. Gruzinski, Abbiamo ancora bisogno della storia? Il senso del passato nel mondo globalizzato, Raffaello Cortina editore, Milano 2016

Module 3 - Knowledge of the Latin American Nobel Prize for Literature laureates' speeches and excerpts from:
- A. Asturias, Uomini di mais
- G. García Márquez , Cent'anni di solitudine
- M. V. Llosa, La casa verde e Il caporale Lituma sulle Ande
- P. Neruda, Poesie
- O. Paz, Il labirinto della solitudine

Non attending students
9 cfu

Module 1: Knowledge of one of the following volume/s and interview:

- M. M. Benzoni, Americhe e modernità. Un itinerario fra storia e storiografia dal 1492 ad oggi, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2012 (prima sezione), L. Zanatta, Storia dell'America latina contemporanea, Laterza, Roma 20195, S. Gruzinski, Storia, memoria, immaginari nel mondo globalizzato, intervista a cura di Maria Matilde Benzoni, 2015: http://portalevideo.unimi.it/embedmedia?mid=478

-M. De Giuseppe - Gianni La Bella, Storia dell'America latina contemporanea, Il Mulino, Bologna 2019, S. Gruzinski, Storia, memoria, immaginari nel mondo globalizzato, intervista a cura di Maria Matilde Benzoni, 2015: http://portalevideo.unimi.it/embedmedia?mid=478

-J. H. Elliott, La Spagna imperiale 1469-1716, Il Mulino, Bologna 2006, S. Gruzinski, Storia, memoria, immaginari nel mondo globalizzato, intervista a cura di Maria Matilde Benzoni, 2015: http://portalevideo.unimi.it/embedmedia?mid=478

-G. Hermet, Storia della Spagna nel Novecento, Il Mulino, Bologna 1999, S. Gruzinski, Storia, memoria, immaginari nel mondo globalizzato, intervista a cura di Maria Matilde Benzoni, 2015: http://portalevideo.unimi.it/embedmedia?mid=478

Module 2 - Knowledge of one of the following volumes:
- G. Albanese, Dittature mediterranee, Laterza, Roma-Bari 2016
- E. Calamai, Niente asilo politico. Diplomazia, diritti umani, desaparecidos, Feltrinelli, Milano 2016 e M. Novaro, La dittatura argentina(1976-1983), Carocci, Roma 2005J. Canal, Storia minima della Catalogna, Viella, Roma 2018
- M. Livi Bacci, Conquista. La distruzione degli indios americani, il Mulino, Bologna 2009J. G. Parker, Un solo re. Un solo impero. Filippo II, il Mulino, Bologna 2005
- T. Todorov, La conquista dell'America. Il problema dell'altro, Einaudi, Torino varie edizioni e B. Las Casas, La brevissima relazione della distruzione delle Indie, ed. italiana a cura di F. Fiorani, Marsilio, Venezia 2012

Module 3 - Knowledge of one of the following volumes:
- M. Aglietti, In nome della neutralità. Storia politico-istituzionale della Spagna durante la prima Guerra mondiale, Carocci, Roma 2017
- J. H. Elliott, Imperi dell'Atlantico. America britannica e America spagnola, Einaudi, Torino 2017 (una parte, da concordare con la docente)
- L. Pompeo D'Alessandro, Guadalajara 1937. I volontari italiani fascisti e antifascisti nella guerra di Spagna, Carocci, Roma 2017
- H. Rawlings, L'inquisizione spagnola, il Mulino, Bologna 2008
- L. Zanatta, Fidel Castro. L'ultimo «re cattolico», Salerno, Roma 2019

The teaching is also based on didactic and multimedia material provided on Ariel.
https://mbenzonissal.ariel.ctu.unimi.it/v5/home/Default.aspx
International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: oral exam;
- Type of examination: oral interrogation (Italian)
- Evaluation criteria: capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy, clarity, etc;
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s.
The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, as well as the relevant office.
Unita' didattica A
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours