II semestre A.A. 2022/2023

scadenza: 25 gennaio 2023

Il Dickinson College bandisce un concorso per 11 posti riservati agli studenti dell’Università di Bologna per il II semestre dell’a.a. 2022/2023 (30 gennaio-24 maggio 2023), per frequentare i corsi attivati presso la sede di Bologna del Dickinson Center for European Studies.

Sono ammessi a fare domanda studenti che saranno regolarmente iscritti, per l'a.a. 2022/2023, almeno al secondo anno di corsi di laurea e laurea magistrale afferenti ai Dipartimenti o alle Scuole di: Economia e Management ;  Statistica; Giurisprudenza; Scienze Politiche; Psicologia; Scienze della Formazione; Lettere e Beni Culturali; Lingue e Letterature; Traduzione e Interpretazione; dell'Università di Bologna.

Le lezioni verranno erogate in presenza presso il Dickinson Center for European Studies (Via Marsala 2, Bologna).

Il Dickinson Center for European Studies, nell'a.a. 2022/2023, attiverà i sottoelencati corsi la cui frequenza è obbligatoria:


II SEMESTRE (inizio lezioni: 30 gennaio 2023):

Reading Bologna & Italy from the Renaissance to the Baroque.

Prof. Elisabetta Cunsolo                                                                           martedì e giovedì 10:30-11:45


This course examines the lively artistic atmosphere of Bologna from the 15th to the early 17th century and the effects that society, economy, and politics had on the production of art during those centuries. Works of art will be studied with a specific interest in their intellectual, religious, and social connections to the historical context in which they were created. 

Bolognese artworks will be used as primary sources. Through the study of the most significant ones, compared to coeval Central and Northern Italian works of art, students will learn the authentic novelty and excellence of the art of Bologna. Many lessons will be taught on site for a better comprehension of the historical context in which the artworks were designed and for a better appreciation of each single work of art analyzed in all its different aspects: iconography, technique, dimension, style.

Transatlantic Relations

Professor Francesco Moro                                                        lunedì 15:30-16:45, mercoledì 12:00-13:15

The course introduces students to Transatlantic Relations, providing an overview of their evolution since the end of WWII and then dealing with the most important issues that currently affect the relationship between the US and Europe. The classes follow a chronological order and are divided in three major sections. Section 1 deals with the emergence and evolution of the Cold War and focuses on NATO and the first steps of European integration, concluding with an analysis of key problems in Transatlantic relations in the early years after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Section 2, conducted as a student-led seminar, tackles the challenges faced by US and Europe after the end of the Cold War, the attempts to keep the alliance united vis-à-vis the crises in South-Eastern Europe, and divergences emerging in approaches to important political choices. The section deals with challenges of US-Europe relations in dealing with the climate crisis, on military interventions after 9/11, and on the allegedly growing gap in military capabilities. Section 3 deals with the latest years, assessing the current geopolitical shifts (due, for instance, to the rise of China and energy politics in Eastern Europe), the consequences of upheavals in domestic politics and the economic and environmental challenges that lay ahead. At the end of the course, students a) will be familiar with political, military, and economic aspects of Transatlantic community; b) will be able to assess the impact of recent and current crises on the relations between the US, European countries and the EU, and c) will be able to discuss in oral and written form the major challenges in Transatlantic Relations.


Made in Italy, Sustainably

Professor Clive Woollard                                                                                                       martedì 14:30-17:15


From the post-World War II era, “Made in Italy” has confirmed itself as a label granting fine quality, authenticity and a sense of style internationally praised. A growing number of entrepreneurs managed through the decades to create a brand of high value all over the world, mixing the iconic Italian aesthetics with technology and innovation. The worth of the “Made in Italy” has granted many products prosperity in the markets, as it secured the solidity of the national economy. (Grinaldi, 2019) The topic of sustainable development has become increasingly central to the international community. In 2015, the UN approved the 2030 Agenda, an action plan aimed at pursuing sustainable development. The founding elements of the 2030 Agenda are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that refer to different areas of development. (Dello Strologo, 2021) In this course, we critically evaluate the Italian Business System, looking at both the good and the bad features of a system which is more localised in its approach, where product values and cultures appear to be strong. Is there anything we can take from this system to improve our own business systems? Can these approaches not only produce valued products, but do so in a way that is fully sustainable? Set in the context of Bologna, students can explore for themselves the diversity of the system, in addition to receiving guidance in the form of visits and activities. Approaches to Entrepreneurship, Supply Chain, Business Strategy, Finance, Quality, Globalization, Change Management, Circular Economics and Marketing are all covered in the course.


Sonic Histories, European Environments

Professor Amy Wlodarski                                                                                           lunedì e mercoledì 13:45-15:00

This course explores the ways that European sonic practices in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries articulate the complex relationships between individuals, political society, and the built and natural environment. Students will engage four prominent sonic ecosystems—trench warfare during WWI; Italian Futurism’s response to European modernity; Italian fascism and the Holocaust; and South Mediterranean Migration—through interdisciplinary scholarship drawn from cultural history, environmental studies, musicology, and sound studies. The course begins by building a foundational vocabulary for both sonic practices (music, noise) and the environmental spaces in which they sound (space, place, environment) and then putting those terms to analytical use in a study of trench warfare in northern France and the Italian Alps. Students then consider the technological aesthetics of the Italian Futurists, including their interest in the radio and their legacies in global sound installations of the past five years. Our attention then turns to Italian Fascism and its aesthetic and political idealizations of nature, music, and race. The consequences of such thinking are explored through the writings of Primo Levi, who captures the traumatic landscapes of Fossoli (Modena) and Auschwitz (Poland) in his Holocaust memoirs. The course ends with a unit examining Mediterranean migration (including its environmental and political drivers) through sound and performance, concluding with a program-wide residency by the Ethiopian-Italian writer/singer Gabriella Ghermandi.


Competition in Tourism Markets

Professor Stefano Bolatto                                                                                       martedì e giovedì, 9:00-10:15

The course introduces students to some of the basic principles of industrial organization, in particular those that are key for understanding competition among firms in some specific industries and markets. Throughout the entire course, the European tourism industry will be the subject of our case studies, so as to establish a direct connection between theory and real word/everyday life examples. Competition among the various types of firms operating in the several segments of the tourism market is shaped by pervasive global dynamics (related to digital transformation, sustainability, etc.) that have triggered a worldwide process of transformation of this sector. Nonetheless, competition among individual sellers/producers still remains, at least in part, largely characterized by a local/spatial dimension, which can also be explored through on-site educational trips in some of the most renowned tourist destinations nearby Bologna.

The course is organized in three main parts. In the first one, students will be introduced to broad economic concepts, starting from the definition of market and strategy. A brief overview of the main market regimes will be presented, along with the foundations of the so-called ‘game theory’, i.e., the discipline that—using mathematical tools—studies strategic interactions among rational agents. Both static models (Bertrand vs. Cournot, i.e., price vs. quantity competition) and dynamic models of imperfect competition (e.g. sequential Stackelberg games) will be taken into consideration. This part is concluded with a specific focus on product differentiation strategies (the Hotelling model).  

The second part of the course will delve into pricing strategies and market segmentation, with a comparison among uniform pricing, personalized/group pricing and menu pricing. Students will come to know how information on consumer preferences available to sellers/producers is pivotal to determine what strategy these firms will optimally choose in order to maximize their profits. Supplemental lectures will also be dedicated to bundling, i.e., the practice of selling two different items/goods as a bundle, instead that separately.  

The final part of the course will focus on market intermediation, starting with a general assessment of the difference between centralized markets (i.e., markets in which trade between buyers and sellers is intermediated) and decentralized markets (non-intermediated trade). Intermediaries will be categorized, alternatively, as dealers, pure platform operators, match-makers or certifiers, in order to better understand their role according to the type of activity they perform on the marketplace, and the use they make of information and reputation systems in intermediated product markets. 



Il Dickinson Center for European Studies determinerà l'accesso ai corsi sulla base del numero di iscritti a ciascun corso.  Le domande, redatte sugli appositi moduli scaricabili dal sito Internet dovranno essere inviate via mail all’indirizzo lairde@dickinson.edu entro e non oltre le ore 14.00 del 25 gennaio 2023.


Alla domanda, in cui il candidato dovrà indicare, in ordine di preferenza, il corso che intende frequentare presso il Dickinson Center for European Studies di Bologna, dovrà essere allegata l’autocertificazione degli esami sostenuti e relativi voti. Si richiede agli studenti interessati di partecipare, il 25 gennaio 2023 alle ore 14:30, a una riunione orientativa online che si terrà tramite Zoom (il link alla riunione verrà fornito al momento di ricezione della candidatura).


Importante: Subito dopo la riunione orientativa si svolgerà una prova scritta obbligatoria di lingua inglese.  Gli studenti partecipanti al bando riceveranno via mail il testo della prova al termine della riunione orientativa, e avranno a disposizione un’ora e mezzo per riconsegnarla (via mail all’indirizzo lairde@dickinson.edu).   


Per partecipare è necessario essere iscritti all'Università di Bologna ed avere una buona conoscenza della lingua inglese. Nel caso le domande pervenute fossero in numero superiore ai posti disponibili, si procederà alla selezione dei candidati considerando i sottoelencati elementi di priorità:

‑ buona conoscenza della lingua inglese

-Votazioni migliori, tenendo conto della media di dipartimento

‑ equa ripartizione tra dipartimenti e i corsi di laurea

I partecipanti ai corsi dovranno in seguito attenersi alle direttive del Dickinson Center for European Studies di Bologna, pena il decadimento degli eventuali diritti di graduatoria.

Ai partecipanti sarà, inoltre, garantita l'esenzione dalle tasse di iscrizione presso il Dickinson Center for European Studies di Bologna, mentre sarà a loro carico tutto il materiale di consumo (libri, fotocopie, ecc.).



Dott.ssa Ellen Laird, Dickinson College via Marsala 2 - 40126 Bologna – tel. 051-224451, e-mail lairde@dickinson.edu (Riceve su appuntamento)


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