The course explores the history of economic development during the past two centuries on local and global scale, with a particular focus on the last decades. A monographic approach is used to study the major issues, to identify turning points and be continuities, connecting economic, social, cultural, political processes.
Expected learning outcomes
Students are going to acquire some basic competences: Identify and explain the main themes in contemporary Economic History in a chronological context; explain and critique the different and multiple causes of economic events; evaluate alternative perspectives on Economic History; relate past events and processes to current issues.
Course Syllabus Course title (academic year 2021-2022): Anthropocene. Between economic and environmental history. The history of pollutions and global environmental transformations remains poorly known despite the fact that they represent a great risk to the contemporary world: the course will address this gap linking the economic history of XIX and XX centuries (and in particular the history of industry and agriculture), with the history of environmental transformations over this same period of time. It will draw on the concept of the Anthropocene (a concept that has established itself and has been increasingly discussed since the 2000s). It will offer an overview of the industrial revolutions in their impact on climate change, energy consumption, the demographic growth, urban expansion, food, and epidemics. It will focus on the period after 1945 as a historically more anomalous period in the relationship between man's economic activity and the biosphere.
The teaching will therefore be organized in three parts: · First part (20 hours): ANTHROPOCENE: affirmation, history, meaning and manifestations of this concept; climatic and environmental risk in the evolution of public, scientific and political discourse and in representations; · Second part (20 hours): ANTHROPOCENE: indicators, indices and measures of the Anthropocene between 1900 and 2000; what scientific research and the historical perspective can tell on the environmental emergency of our present? · Third part (20 hours): ANTHROPOCENE: the effects on aggregate living and on the contemporary city; epidemics, pollutions, waste, plastic, cement; environmental inequalities and migrations; the anthropocene as a political question.
Credits / CFU: · Students who intend to acquire 3 credits will adhere to the program of part I. · Students who intend to acquire 6 credits will adhere to the program of part I and II. · Students who intend to acquire 9 credits will adhere to the program of parts I, II, III.
The 2021-2022 program will be valid up to and including the January-February 2023 exam sessions.
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisite curriculum is needed. However, basic knowledge of the main nodes of modern and contemporary history (XIX-XX centuries) is essential. Functional knowledge of Italian is advisable for international students.
Lessons will be held in presence, classroom T12 (AULA MAGNA), Mon. Tue. Wed. 8.30-10.30. Students could register on the University App. Lessons will also available in streaming, will be recorded and archived for one week. Please, see the Course web site for communications and study material.
Study and reference materials · Part I (3 credits), textbook: Franco Amatori, Andrea Colli (a cura di), Il mondo globale. Una storia economica, Torino, Giappichelli, 2017 (from chapter 4 to chapter 23) · Part II (3 credits), textbook: John Mc Neill, Peter Engelke, La grande accelerazione. Una storia ambientale dell'Antropocene dopo il 1945, Torino, Einaudi, 2018 (chapters 1,2,3) AND the teaching materials proposed during the lessons of part I and II (video-recordings, podcasts, slides, pdf texts, films and website content) · Part III (3 credits), students will prepare on: all the teaching materials proposed during the lessons (video-recordings, podcasts, slides, pdf texts, films and website content, part I, II, III) AND on references to choose (see above instructions for the home assignment). STUDENTI INTERNAZIONALI, STUDENTI ERASMUS, STUDENTI CON BES: Sono invitati a prendere tempestivamente contatto con la docente titolare del corso per considerare variazioni o integrazioni del programma d'esame secondo il rispettivo livello di competenza della lingua italiana.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Assessment methods and criteria The exam is in written form, on Moodle SEB, in a computer classrom. There will be a different test for each of the 3 credits to be acquired. During the first lesson of the course the exam process will be explained. The final result of the exam will be expressed N/30, calculated on the average of the results obtained in each test:
· The first test (3 cfu, compulsory for all students) takes place on the Moodle + SEB platform. It will consists of a closed and / or multiple choice questionnaire; it aims to evaluate the core knowledge acquired through the study of the textbook: F. Amatori, A. Colli (ed.), The global world. An economic history, Giappichelli, 2017 (chapters 4-23);
· The second test (3 cfu, compulsory for students needing 6 and 9 credits) also takes place on the Moodle + SEB platform and consists of an open-ended questionnaire; it aims to evaluate the knowledge acquired: - by studying the textbook: J.R. McNeill, P. Engelke, La grande accelerazione. Una storia ambientale dell'antropocene dopo il 1945, Einaudi 2018 (chapters 1,2,3); - by attending lessons (part I and II) , studying the teaching material made available on the Ariel web site of the course; It will also evaluate the ability of the students to synthesize, understand and organize the relevant elements of the answer in max 150 words.
· The third test (3 cfu, compulsory for students needing 9 credits) is a home assignement and consists of a paper of about 1,500 words, that students will have to upload to the PORTFOLIO section in the ARIEL website of the course; this home assignment will assess the knowledge and understanding acquired through attendance and participation to the lessons (part I , II, III); the paper will have to focus on a specific topic chosen by the student, strictly inherent to the course' subject; research of the material is left to personal initiative (they may be journal articles, book chapters, website contents, etc); this home assignment is an important opportunity for students to learn how to consult the university's digital library and other research resources available to them; the student must demonstrate the ability to carry out an analytical and critical discussion of the materials, to connect the selected topic and its references with the lessons and the compulsory readings. The ability to present the topic using appropriate terminology, clear and coherent organization of the text, the capacity to critically base the opinions expressed will also be evaluated; originality, research praxis and the ability to evaluate and measure oneself with the sources of information found will be appreciated and assessed. PLEASE NOTE: the papers will be randomly checked by an anti-plagiarism software
ATTENDANCE / NON-ATTENDANCE Since the lessons will be made available on the Ariel web site and on MT, there is no difference in program or assessment methods between attending and non-attending students. The individual contribution (in the forms of interaction provided) to the lessons in sync will be recognized with a bonus of 1 point on the overall grade.