Contemporary Italy
Course code
old course code
Course title in Estonian
Tänapäeva Itaalia kujunemine
Course title in English
Contemporary Italy
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Daniele Monticelli (language of instruction:Estonian)
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
Overview of the most important events and socio-cultural phenomena, which characterize Italy from the Congress of Vienna to the end of the 20th century;
Critical understanding of the challenges facing Italian society today and of the relations between cultural phenomena and their historical and social context.
Brief description of the course
The course focuses on the historical events and social phenomena which played a central role in the formation of contemporary Italy. Weekly lectures discuss the following topics:
- bandits and mafiosos;
- the Church and Chatolics;
- emigrants and immigrants;
- Unity and differences;
- Family and society.

Every two weeks seminar presentations discuss the most important historical moments in the formation of contemporary Italy:

- Risorgimento and the wars of indipendence;
- After the Unity: social and cultural challenges;
- Giolitti period;
- Fascism;
- The three Italies of the 40ies;
- The Resistance;
- Christian democrats and communists;
- The economic boom and the revolution of 1968;
- Anni di piombo: terrorism and mafia;
- The end of the “first republic” and Berlusconi.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- as knowledge of Italian history, society and culture from 1815 to the end of the 20th century;
- is able to position a given sociocultural phenomenon within its broader historical context;
- is able to identify and critically study the fundamental issue of Italian society today.
Daniele Monticelli