International and Diplomatic Relations.
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The road to Federalism: from Carlo Cattaneo to the reform of Title V of the Italian Constitution.
IN DI 301 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
Can a Unified State be the cradle of Federalism in Europe and in the World? Through the readings of documents, elements of political textbooks and propaganda campaigns, the course will help you understand the modernity and internationality of the Italian road to federalism, from the Risorgimento up to Ventotene’s Manifesto. You will examine the political thinker of Risorgimento period Carlo Cattaneo, who perceived “the city as a beginning of Italian stories”: social realities of populations and traditions coming together to face the great social, political and economic challenges. You will analyze the genesis and the text of Ventotene’s Manifesto, created for a federalist European vision by Altiero Spinelli and Ernesto Rossi, under fascist restrictions. You will analyze the topics of “independence”, “autonomy” and “subsidiarity” in the Italian political scenario of the aftermath of the world war. We will continue with the analysis of federalists and separatists movements and their political thought, sometimes as an instrument of political conflict in government parties at the national level. There will be a socio-historical-political reading of the reform of the Title V of the Constitution with the Constitutional law 3/2001, which has implemented the art.5 of the Constitution itself.
The other Risorgimento: Italian models in the minds of Italian revolutionaries and patriots.
IN DI 302 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
What was the Risorgimento? What vision of an Independent State did Italian patriots have? Which images where used to create a collective myth and which faces were ignored and why? What importance did these “memory losses” have in years to come? Mazzini, Cattaneo and the school of Gian Domenico Romagnosi imagined different paths towards Unification and Independence: the other Risorgimento, the one that didn’t win, but that ultimately spread ideas for political progress in contemporary Italy. Through the analysis of material from public and private archives and texts of the time, the course will highlight how, along with the popular idea of a Unified Monarchy during the Italian Risorgimento, there was also simultaneous popular republican, federal and democratic movements. You will analyze the means used by the élite to promote collective awareness on the need of a collective involvement in the Country’s future. We will focus on the “Italians case” in the politics, culture and military field of European states and Americas.
History of political language in Italy: from the press, to squares, to political television with a view on cyber democracy.
IN DI 303 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
What words are peculiar in the Italian political lexicon? The political thought, from the elaboration of the single individual, has increasingly become a common path for people, changing its language, from real squares to virtual ones. What impact did Mass Medias have on politics? How have words changed and what are the consequences on public life? What are the differences between the political “what has been said” and the everyday “what has been done”? We will analyze the words of the Italian political thinkers Cesare Beccaria, Gian Domenico Romagnosi, Carlo Cattaneo, Massimo D’Azeglio, Vilfredo Pareto, Luigi Sturzo, Aldo Capitini, Aldo Moro and of the propaganda during monarchic times, the 20th century, the birth of the Republic, the times of “Video -politics” and of “cyber- democracy”. The course will provide an overview of the influences, myths and words creating the idea of “politics” in the History of a Nation that became a State: Italy. The analysis of the history of “meaningful” and “meanings” and of the new way of communicating will produce a lexicon to translate the Italian reality in the respect of the History of political Thoughts, of Doctrines and everyday demands, in light of the dynamics of the relationship between mass-medias and the people-voters.
The international political scenario in the history of the Italian republic.
IN DI 304 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
In the 20th century, Europe was the scenario of socio-political conflicts causing alliances and internal and external fights among the “Old Continent” States. For a long time the European States seemed to get lost in the “friend-enemy” divide and incapable of implementing their own international policies. The course will present a socio-historical-political analysis of texts, voices and the “media world” that have been contributing to divisions and, subsequently, to attempt to recreate a Collective Memory from which the peace-making process can begin again. Documents of Italian and foreign private archives, newspapers’ analysis, political and propaganda textbooks and the main criminal trials, will help to create “A common history made of stories” in the creation of a republican and European Italian identity. You will analyze the evolution of Italian politics, on international level, in light of international upheavals before the fall of the Berlin Wall, after and ahead of contemporary national conflicts.
The political vision of Italians as patriots of the country of a thousand bell towers: political localisms in Italy from the Unification to today.
IN DI 305 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
The course provides a socio-political-historiographical compass to understand the phenomenon of Italian “allegiance”. We will demonstrate the uniqueness of Italian History, from the topic of “patriotism” in relation to the varieties of dialects, real languages with their own literatures, to the History of Lordships arising in the main urban centers and to the different dominations that shared the Italian lands, importing foreign customs and traditions. Through the readings of documents, published works and the analysis of popular culture, also materializing under the forms of “local masks”, we will analyze the political developments of a “unifying sense”, which is strong during important events, but weak when facing economies that are significantly divided by wealth and productivity on territorial bases.
The Italian State and Vatican diplomacy: Italy between the Quirinale and Saint Peter’s square.
IN DI 306 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
What were the relations between religion and politics in the establishment of the Italian State? What role did the Catholics play in relation to the internal politics of the independent Italian State, both as monarchy and a republic? Is a Catholic approach still relevant for Italian party politics in the age of cyber-democracy? The course provides analytical tools to examine the relations between the State and the Church in the Italian social and political scenario. Italian history as a journey through the stages of national Unification, the quest for peace during the Civil War, the re-education process of prisoners after the Years of the Lead, are some of the topics that will reveal the intertwining of relations between the State and the Church for the pursuit of collective growth. The analysis of political speeches for Christians in modern times will bring students through a socio-cultural journey helping them to understand the birth dynamics of a populist party founded on Christian culture and its evolution in Italian historical-political matters. You will examine the figures of “preti contro”, such as don Minzoni, killed under fascist regime and don Sturzo, author of the “Mafia” theatrical productions and of the political appeal to the “free and strong Men’.
Contemporary Italy in peacekeeping missions.
IN DI 307 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
What peacekeeping missions were implemented by Italy’s foreign policy? What are the stories of “lay” martyrs and the effects on everyday life? The course provides an analysis of international relations studies involving Italy in foreign peacekeeping missions and the directions facing the great changes of the international scenario. You will analyze the peculiarity of the Italian Republic Constitution’s guidelines on peace, war and international agreements topics. You will read elements of parliamentary debates that have followed foreign missions, highlighting the political directions. You will focus on the relation between Italian and American diplomatic guidelines after the Second World War, facing the challenges of the turn of the last century and the start of the New Millennium. You will analyze the media and political representation of international events and the communication expedients and clichés adopted in order to direct public opinion.
History of Italian parties and political movements.
IN DI 308 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
What lay at the roots of the modern parties and political movements dominating the Italian scene? What does it mean that Italy is the Country of the “cento magliette”? The course provides a socio-historical political interpretation of the phenomenon of Italian partisanship. Through readings and the analysis of political textbooks, used to educate the key players of the Italian politics, you will analyze terms such as “gattopardismo”, “elitism”, “socialism”, “fascism”, “Aventino”, “partisan”, “political apathy”, “omnicratia”, “non-violence”, “benaltrismo”, “penta-party”, “historical compromise”, “government of purpose”, “seaside government”, “to place trust”, “leghismo”, “cattocomunismo”, that have been de ning the Italian political scene for years. The course will present social and economic theories of foreign affairs and of the future vision of the Italian parties born in the 20th century. Together with “high politics”, taught in political education schools established by parties and “intermediary bodies”, the course will highlight the political interpretation of journalism, of traditional satire and literature in Italy, of the “right” and “left” labels.
Political intervention in Italian arts: paint, theatre, songs and films.
IN DI 309 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
Were there ever politically inspired artistic movements? Does the world of aristocratic courts of Renaissance times irradiate contemporary Italy as well? The Italian political thinkers Mosca and Pareto were the theorists of political elitism, an ideal for which organized minorities fought for dominance over disorganized majorities. Through case study analysis, the course highlights the relation between politics and art and how art is used as an instrument to channel the disorganized majority towards the plans of the elite. The political conflicts during the Risorgimento, the Duchy of Savoy, Twenty-year Fascist, the beginnings of the Republic, the economic boom, the age of protest, the reflux, the age of the stock-market game, the EUphoria era and the current period of the global economic-social crisis, will be examined in relation to Italian society and culture through the defining aspects of the art, theatres, music and films contexts. The course includes the teachings of the history of Italian politics, through the words and expressions intercepted and used daily in propaganda.
The Italian pro-European vision: history of a difficult conception.
IN DI 310 – Cr: 3; Contact hrs.: 45
Who feels European in Italy? What input does the land of Dante, Mazzini e De Gasperi give? The course highlights the peculiarities of the contribution given by Italian political thinkers and literati to the conception of the idea of Europe and to the implementation of the bases for the development of treaties of the United States of Europe, in modern times. The analysis of political and popular literature, of information advertisings and of the original documents that lead to the birth of university students’ movements in post-WWII Italy, will highlight the peculiarities of cultural and social development of the Italian path to Europe. Special attention will be given to modern topics in order to identify the different European Union pictures delivered by the Medias to the Italian population, highlighting the roots of the requests and projects from Italian cities to Brussels. The course will also examine the topic of fears and hopes connected to community policies and their focus on peacekeeping and welfare matters and on building a supranational identity able to overcome the job crisis of the new Millennium.
Sessions: FALL 2018 (August 27th – December 14th) / SPRING 2019 (January 29th – May 18th)
Locations: Milan or Florence or Mantua
- Customizable 4 courses + Italian Language (3-4 hrs. / week)
Customizable 3 courses + Italian Language (6hrs / week)
Sessions: JANUARY 2019 / JUNE 2019 / JULY 2019
Locations: Milan or Florence or Mantua
- One course
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Sessions: FALL 2018 (August 27th – December 14th) / SPRING 2019 (January 29th – May 18th)
Locations: Florence and Milan and Mantua
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