Studying History at SRISA
History courses at Santa Reparata introduce students to the Italian history from the origin of the Italian power in Europe, the formation of the European identity in the 8th century, until the modern times; through the most prominent phases of the Italian history, such as the unification (Risorgimento) in the 19th century up until the present. Students develop an ample conceptual knowledge about Italy's history and politics, gaining a command not only of the facts of modern Italian political history - the dates of key events, the importance of major personalities and such - but above all an understanding of the dynamics involved and a strong sense of history: the basic trends of continuity and change, cause and effect, the interplay of regional, national and international influences, and the significance of global events within Italy. Such courses offer students studying in Italy a greater understanding of the modern history and contemporary culture of the society in which they are living and studying.
In courses such as Italian Politics and Government, students study the Italian constitution, parliamentary system, political parties, electoral process and systems of administration; and the History of Modern Italy explores such topics as the Italian unification process, the liberal state, Italian fascism, the Second World War and the Cold War, the workings of governing institutions in the post-war period, the role of the Church, political parties and movements, the European unification process, black and red terrorism, and political corruption. In courses like Modern Italy the students will be guided through the history of the Country from the Risorgimento and continue on through the development and decline of the liberal Italian state, Mussolini and Italian Fascism, World War II, and post World War II Italy, up through recent historical events.
Introduction to major literary, cinematographic, design, and artistic movements are covered as well as social aspects of Italian life including topics such as the development of the Italian educational system, the roots and influence of the Italian Mafia, the feminist movement and the changing roll of the woman in Italian society.
Instruction & Class structure:
Classroom lectures and assigned readings are complemented by research, discussions, films and video presentations.
Courses are taught in lecture classrooms with slide and digital projectors, DVD, VCR and computer resources.