Title of the course: Global Economic History: an Introduction
Part 1: Global Economic History: an Overview
Part 2: The Italian Economy in the age of Globalization
Part 3: Case Studies
Why are some areas of the globe rich and others poor? The course aims to answer this question, introducing students to the methods of Economic History and to the various factors - economic, geographical, technological, political, institutional ones - that have determined the different degree of economic development in different areas of the world.
In the second Module, attention will be devoted to Italian economic history read in a global context: highlighting the specificities of a development model based on the prevailing role of small businesses and territorial specificities. The main macroeconomic data, the Italian political-economic and institutional framework, the national-historical development factors (specifically human, social, and civic capitals) will be examined and discussed.
The third Module will be dedicated to the deepening of specific themes that will emerge during the course.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission. Having passed the Modern History and Contemporary History exams is recommended, but not mandatory.
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.
REQUESTS FOR THE THREE-YEAR FINAL THESIS IN ECONOMIC HISTORY
Students who intend to complete the three-year final thesis in Economic History must have attended the course and successfully passed the final exam. It is also compulsory to attend the Laboratorio which is held every academic year in the second semester. Further information can be obtained through the Laboratorio website.
For a limited number of students particularly interested in the history of the Jews, in the academic year 2021-22 attendance at the Laboratorio can be replaced by participation in the activities of the 4EU + project, led by prof. Maifreda and colleagues from other European universities, entitled "Jewish Identities in Changing Europe: Challenges, Problems and the Burden of the Past". The project is also open to students wishing to obtain CFUs in various degree courses in the Humanities area. For further information you can consult the Ariel page of the project, or write to [email protected]
6 CFU programme:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (Parts 1 and 2);
Knowledge of the Textbooks: Robert C. Allen, Storia economica globale, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013 e Vera Zamagni, L'economia italiana nell'età della globalizzazione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018; Knowledge of the essays and other documentation made available on ARIEL.
9 CFU Programme:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (Parts 1, 2, 3);
Knowledge of the Textbooks: Robert C. Allen, Storia economica globale, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2013 (also available as R.C. Allen, Global Economic History: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2011) and Vera Zamagni, L'economia italiana nell'età della globalizzazione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018 (also available as Vera Zamagni, The Italian Economy, Agenda Publishing, 2018); Knowledge of the essays and other documentation made available on ARIEL.
6 CFU Programme:
Knowledge of the Textbook: R. Findlay, K.H. O' Rourke, Potere e ricchezza. Una storia economica del mondo, edizione italiana a cura di G. Conti, M.C. Schisani, Torino, Utet, 2016 (Power and Plenty: Trade, War and the World Economy in the Second Millennium, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2009).
9 CFU Programme:
Knowledge of the Textbooks: R. Findlay, K.H. O' Rourke, Potere e ricchezza. Una storia economica del mondo, edizione italiana a cura di G. Conti, M.C. Schisani, Torino, Utet, 2016 (Power and Plenty: Trade, War and the World Economy in the Second Millennium, Princeton University Press, 2009) and Vera Zamagni, L'economia italiana nell'età della globalizzazione, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2018 (Vera Zamagni, The Italian Economy, Agenda Publishing, 2018).
International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan for the exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: Written exam
- Type of examination: Written test with multiple choice-questions.
- Evaluation criteria: Capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; proficiency in the use of scientific lexicon.
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s
Two optional intermediate tests (during, and at the end of the course) reserved for attending students only are available. They will consist of two written exams with open-ended questions. The subject of the test will be the topics covered in class and the content of the textbooks. The final mark will be given by the sum of the marks of the two intermediate tests.
Modalities for carrying out the optional intermediate tests will be illustrated during the course. Since these are intermediate tests for attending students, no information is provided via email.
Students with disabilities and/or SLD: exams must be discussed in advance with the teacher, in agreement with the Disability/SLD Students Service Office. Students must contact the Office BEFORE writing to the teacher, in order to previously obtain the authorization for specific compensatory measures. The same goes for attending students with SLD who intend to take the intermediate tests.