Social sciences and humanities
Subject: ECONOMIC HISTORY (A.A. 2023/2024)
Unit Storia economica
The programme of this course has been designed for classroom teaching. It could be adapted in the event of changes due to the Covid epidemics.
The aim of this course is to provide students with a series of informatios and methodological instruments to enable them to comprehend the main events and processes of contemporary economic history.
The course consists of 48 hours of teaching that students are strongly recommended to attend. These correspond to 96 hours of individual study (for a total of 144 hours of work). This exam awards 6 credits.
There are no mandatory pre-requisites. However, it is very important that students know the progamme of the general history course of the final year of Italian high-school.
The course will focus on the great economic and social transformations which turned the old agricultural societies into modern economies all over the world. It intends to give the students the analytical and methodological instruments to get a basic knowledge of the events and processes concerning economic history since the preindustrial era up to nowadays. The course will present selected case studies of companies that performed innovation strategies.
Lessons and discussions with students in the classroom. Frequency is not madatory but strongly recommended. Lessons are recorded. The slides and the videos of the lessons are made available to students in the teams and moodle platforms starting from October 1st, 2022. The course will be held in Italian.
The exam consists of a colloquium in an oral form - approximately 20 minutes long - on each of the two parts that constitute the program: 1 - The lessons of the current academic year; 2 - The handbook of economic history: Ennio De Simone, Storia Economica. Dalla rivoluzione industriale alla rivoluzione informatica, 5th edition, Franco Angeli, Milan, 2014. The final grade of the exam is the mean of the marks on each of the two grades. In addition to the two above mentioned parts of the exams, students can optionally present a second volume: Robert C. Allen, Storia economica globale, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2013, on which they are also examined through a colloquium in an oral form. Students who pass the colloquium on the book by Allen can have their vote increased by 1, 2 or 3 points. Conversely, students who do not pass this colloquium can have their vote decreased by 1, 2 or 3 points. Students who cannot attend the course must substitute the lessons with one of the tow following books: - Eric Hobsbawm, Il secolo breve, BUR, Milan, 2009, or - Ivan Berend, Storia economica dell'Europa nel XX secolo, Bruno Mondadori, Milan, 2008.
(1) Knowledge and comprehension skill
To develop a personal conceptual map of the economic history of the world from the First industrial revolution of the XVIII century to present days.
(2) Ability to apply knowledge and comprehension
To critically assess the main aspects and events of the economic history of the world from the First industrial revolution of the XVIII century to present days. .
(3) Autonomy of evaluation
To be able of arguing against an interpretation believed wrong and in favor of an interpretation believed correct of important events in economic history.
(4) Communication skills
To be able to present a thesis in public with slides.
To be able to argue in a public debate.
(5) Learning skills
To be able to choose what to read and study among the many texts and materials provided.
L'esame si svolge in forma orale e consta di due parti:
1 – Gli appunti delle lezioni del corso dell’anno accademico corrente;
2 – Il manuale di storia economica: Ennio De Simone, Storia economica. Dalla rivoluzione industriale alle rivoluzione Informatica, 5a edizione, Franco Angeli, Milano, 2014.
Lo studente può inoltre, portare facoltativamente un secondo volume: Robert C. Allen, Storia economica globale, Il Mulino, Bologna, 2013.
Chi non può seguire le lezioni deve sostituire gli appunti delle lezioni del corso con uno di questi due testi: Eric Hobsbawm, Il secolo breve, BUR, Milano, 2009, oppure:
Ivan Berend, Storia economica dell'Europa nel XX secolo, Bruno Mondadori, Milano 2008
Scheda didattica in corso di aggiornamento