The course will examine the history of United States foreign relations – broadly defined - from the late XX century to the election of Donald Trump. Examining the US role and place in the world, specific questions will be raised and discussed: what triggered the American hegemonic rise?  How do we conceptualize the response to the deployment of America’s multifaceted global power? How do we investigate the connection between domestic politics and foreign policy choices?

The course will consider the impact of the political, geopolitical and economic transformations of the past century on the foreign policy choices and particular attention will be paid to specific transitions (i.e.: WWI, WWII, the Cold War, the 1970s, the end of the Cold War, 9/11).

After a broader introductory lecture on the origins of the United States and its relation to North America, the course will follow a chronological pattern. Historiographical debates and issues will also be thoroughly discussed and examined.


The course aims to provide students the conceptual instruments to analyzing and evaluating the dimensions of gender inequality and to understanding , thanks to the comparative analysis ofwelfare states , the political strategies to promote gender equality .

The course is interdisciplinary and combines the contribution of economic theory and of political science, namely policy analysis. It introduces to the dimensions of gender inequality in comparative perspectives and to the interpretation of the main comparative indicators of gender inequality. It further clarifies the three policy paradigms of gender equality policy(equal treatment, equal opportunities and gender mainstreaming) and the relation between welfare state regimes and "gender regimes”, illustrating national cases(mainly from the EU) and focusing on the case of Italy .

 All teaching materials (papers, ppt and any other readings or relevant documents) will be available on KIRO platform (