Children, young people of both geneder and women have been often neglected in general history. This course shows that without them, general history cannot be told as such. The relevance of the historical perspective for a better understanding and awareness of the present with special relevance for the aim of this curriculum.
2 vols from a) and 2 articles among those in b) Moreover, the not attending students have to choose 1 item from c)
A) P. Willson, Italiane. Biografia del Novecento, Laterza, Roma-Bari, 2010, non chpt. 2 e 8, and .
P. Dogliani (ed.) Giovani e generazioni nel mondo contemporaneo, Clueb, Bologna, 2009 (up to p. 161), OR
or P. Sorcinelli, A. Varni (eds.), Il secolo dei giovani: le nuove generazioni e la storia del Novecento, Donzelli, Roma, 2004.
B) Save the Children, Le equilibriste. Rapporto mamme 2016 (http://images.savethechildren.it/IT/f/img_pubblicazioni/img294_b.pdf?_ga=1.177695525.1242585949.1462801475,
P. Guarnieri, Dall'accoglienza alla cura. La riforma sanitaria nel brefotrofio degl'Innocenti di Firenze 1890-1918, Medicina e Storia, IV, 2004, 57-94.
P. Guarnieri, Un piccolo essere perverso. Il bambino nella cultura scientifica italiana tra '800 e '900,"Contemporanea", IX, 2006, pp. 253-284 (on line);
P. Guarnieri, Pericolosi e in pericolo: alle origini del Tribunale dei minori in Italia, "Contemporanea", XI, 2, 2008, pp. 195 -219 (on line)
G. De Michele, "Un'inguaribile incapacità di reazione al nuovo ambiente di vita". Bambini meridionali al Nord e classi differenziali negli anni '50 e
'60, "Rivista sperimentale di freniatria", 134, 2010, pp. 12-22 (on line).
Silvana Patriarca, Fear of Small Numbers: «Brown Babies» in Postwar Italy, Contemporanea, 18, 2015, pp. 537-567.
C) Not attending students have to choose 1 among the followings :
P.Guarnieri, Senza cattedra. L'Istituto di psicologia dell'Università di Firenze, FUP, Firenze, 2012.
A. Badino, Strade in salita. Figlie e figli dell'immigrazione meridionale al Nord, Carocci, Roma 2012.
A. Frances, Saving Normal. An insider's Revolts Against Out of Control Psychiatric Diagnosis, Harper Collins publ, 2013, only I Part.
knowledge: learning perspectives of the discipline which are relevant to
the student's training;
ability: developing an appropriate independent judgment and awareness
of the variety of approaches in understanding the past,
relating to the present.
skills: critical ability in the analysis and presentation of primary and
basic knowledge of contemporary history;
Lectures and seminars with presentation and discussion of sources and research projects (movies,
iconographical and archival sources). Students are encouraged to have an active participation, and to create their own proposal.
Any changes will be communicated during the course and in the e-learning
platform . Students have to register to it. Articles are usually avaiable by the university library system SBA or in moodle
Type of Assessment
final oral exams and seminar presentations during the course will be considered, evaluating knowledge, abilities and judgement autonomy, expertises on sources.
The course consists of a I part on the variety of approaches and
interpretations in contemporary history with a focus on issues of cure and
care of minors. It intend to propose a path which is relevant to this
Degree, from late XIXth C to XXth C on the interactions between the new
scientific knowledge and specialized institutions for early childhood, the
profound changes in the traditional ones (such as the foundling hospitals)
and the establishment of new institutions (OMNI and the Italian Juvenile
Court), professionals and volunteer. Characters, events and
experiences will be explained by the specific case of Florence (the
Innocenti Institut, the Umberto I, the School for Special teachers etc..),
that is internationally known and yet in many ways still unexplored
precisely in the XXth C.