History of political institutions

A.Y. 2019/2020
Lesson for
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
SPS/03
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The understanding of long-run institutional and constitutional transformations is essential for the study of history and politics. The course aims to provide a deep understanding of institutional and constitutional settings emerged in Western Europe from the modern period to the present day, providing adequate interpretive categories.
Knowledge, comprehension ability and applications
The course allows students to gain a deep knowledge of the history of political institutions. Students will be guided through the analysis of the most important topics in the history of institutions and its source materials. By the end of the course they will have developed the ability to conduct analysis, synthetize and compare results autonomously.

Making judgements
At the end of the course the student will be able to discuss the European institutional and constitutional changes over the last three centuries and to transfer those concepts and methods to different environments. The course will also allow to identify the historical and institutional roots of present day developments.

Communication skills
Attending classes and analysing the source materials provided will help students to improve their communication skill, acquiring the specific vocabulary of institutional history.

Learning skills
The course will allow students to develop a personal learning method specific for the contents and methods of the course, the text studied autonomously and the identification of bibliographic and web sources.

Course structure and Syllabus

Active edition
Yes
Responsible
SPS/03 - HISTORY OF POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS - University credits: 9
Lessons: 60 hours
Professor: Minesso Michela
ATTENDING STUDENTS
Syllabus
The course presents the development of political institutions in Western Europe from the end of the ancient regime to the present day, identifying the key-concepts, the turning points and the characterizing features of changes in institutional settings with a comparative approach.
Particular focus will be devoted to constitutional developments, to the creation of central and local bureaucracies and (for the XX and XXI centuries) to the relation between national and international institutions. Specific attention will be devoted to the changes in the Italian institutional setting through the different periods of Italian history (the liberal age, the fascism and the republic) in the European context.
Students will become familiar with a wide range of historical sources (archive materials as well as literal and visual sources), which will be analysed in applied case studies.
NON-ATTENDING STUDENTS
Syllabus
The course presents the development of political institutions in Western Europe from the end of the ancient regime to the present day, identifying the key-concepts, the turning points and the characterizing features of changes in institutional settings with a comparative approach.
Particular focus will be devoted to constitutional developments, to the creation of central and local bureaucracies and (for the XX and XXI centuries) to the relation between national and international institutions. Specific attention will be devoted to the changes in the Italian institutional setting through the different periods of Italian history (the liberal age, the fascism and the republic) in the European context.
Lesson period
Third trimester
Lesson period
Third trimester
Assessment methods
Esame
Assessment result
voto verbalizzato in trentesimi
Professor(s)