History of Spain and Latin America

A.Y. 2021/2022
6
Max ECTS
40
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The path proposed in the two units aims to encourage students to acquire the ability to establish connections between different historical periods and themes and to critically examine documents of a distinct nature in different languages. We intend to contribute to the training of a conscious vision both of the historical roots of the contemporary globalized world and of its intrinsically multicultural trait, an essential skill for those who have decided to dedicate themselves to the professions related to the linguistic and cultural mediation.
Expected learning outcomes
Through the lectures, the discussion with the professor and the individual work done on the material examined during the course (sources, historiography, literary texts, iconography, films and documentaries) and /or the individual study of the program's bibliography, the students will:
· acquire a solid knowledge of the historical profile of Spain and Latin America from the end of the fifteenth century to the present day, identifying the fundamental junctions and the main aspects;
· comprehend, from an American, transatlantic and global perspective, the dynamics underlying the political-institutional, socio-cultural, economic and demographic phenomena that characterize the history of Spain and Latin America over the centuries;
· learn to critically examine, with a close look to the past-present relationship, different sources and documents concerning a wide-ranging phenomenon in the history of Spain and Latin America;
· learn to communicate the knowledge acquired on the topics dealt with in an oral and/or written form through papers presented and written individually;
· integrate the knowledge gained in the field of general History and the analysis of sources and interpretations, establishing links with the other disciplines covered by the course of study.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
More specific information on the delivery modes of training activities for the academic year 2021-2022 will be provided over the coming months, based on the evolution of the public health situation.
Course syllabus
The course is entitled Spain and Latin America. History and cultural memory and consist of two parts.

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

Part 2: Spain and Latin America on screen

The course will sketch an introduction to the history of Spain and Latin America from a transatlantic and global perspective (Part 1). It will also have an in-depth monographic analysis (Part 2). More particularly, Part 2 will focus on a selection of international movies to improve the knowledge of the history of Spain and Latin America through the representation of the past in the film industry. The syllabus is valid until February 2023.
Prerequisites for admission
Knowledge of the general outlines of modern and contemporary history is taken for granted
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.
Lectures are thaught in Italian.
In addition to frontal lectures, team works and/or individual presentations are envisaged.
Teaching Resources
6 CFU

Attending students:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (Part 1 and 2)

Part 1: Knowledge of one of the following options:
- 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 2021, 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

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

6CFU
Non-attending students

Part 1: Knowledge of one of the following options:
- 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 2021, 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

Part 2: Knowledge of one of the following options:
- 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 2005
- Jordi Canal, Storia minima della Catalogna, Viella, Roma 2018
- M. Livi Bacci, Conquista. La distruzione degli indios americani, il Mulino, Bologna 2009
- 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

The teaching is also based on didactic and multimedia material, see 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 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.
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 40 hours
Professor(s)
Reception:
October 15, 3-6 PM; October 21, 4-7 PM; October 28, 4-7 PM. To make an appointment, please contact maria.benzoni@unimi.it. For information on the courses, https://ariel.unimi.it/
Room 1047, Unimi Campus, Piazza Montanelli 1 - 2099 Sesto San Giovanni (Mi)