Italian Medieval History

A.Y. 2019/2020
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to explain the history, along general lines, of Italy from the fifth to the fifteenth centuries and provide the tools necessary to understand the main aspects (political, economic, social and religious) of medieval Italian, rural and urban landscapes.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course the student will have acquired critical the knowledge and skills to understand the main thematic and chronological connections regarding the history of cities and countryside during the Italian Middle Ages. They will also be able to place the most representative events and figures in their chronological and geographical contexts. The student will be able to use linguistic tools (language properties, correct and specific lexicon) appropriately to express, in a clear and effective manner, concepts of a political, institutional, economic, religious nature. They will be able to read critically historiographical works and use the main tools, including digital tools, for the research and analysis of sources. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous meeting with the instructor in the classroom. The discussion around the proposed sources will be an essential moment of critical reflection and methodological learning. Participation in meetings and seminars organized within the Department of Historical Studies will also be of great importance.
Students opting not to attend the lessons will be able to make use of the educational tools provided by the instructor on Ariel, deepen their knowledge of main topics through special readings with the agreement with the instructor, and of course contact the instructor either by e-mail and during office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
Second semester
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Town and Countryside in Medieval Italy
Module 1: Medieval Italian Landscapes
Module 2: Urban Societies
Module 3: Rural Societies
Prerequisites for admission
It is required to have already passed the exam of Medieval History
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher in the classroom is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the capacity to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
The teaching is also based on didactic and multimedia material provided on Ariel.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:
Programme for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (modules 1 and 2)
Knowledge of one of the following two volumes:
- R. Rao, I paesaggi dell'Italia medievale, Roma: Carocci, 2015
- F. Franceschi, I. Taddei, Le città italiane nel medioevo, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2012
Knowledge of every chapter's introduction, besides a selection of sources read during the lessons, of the volume :
- La società urbana nell'Italia comunale (secoli XI-XIV), a cura di R. Bordone, (Documenti della Storia), Torino: Loescher, 1984 (volume cartaceo consultabile anche gratuitamente all'URL: )

Programme for 9 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (modules 1, 2, 3)
Knowledge of the volume
- R. Bordone, Uno stato d'animo. Memoria del tempo e comportamenti urbani nel mondo comunale italiano, Firenze: FUP-Reti Medievali, 2002, free download
Knowledge of one free choise volume:
- F. Franceschi, I. Taddei, Le città italiane nel medioevo, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2012
- R. Rao, I paesaggi dell'Italia medievale, Roma: Carocci, 2015
Knowledge of the volumes:
- La società urbana nell'Italia comunale (secoli XI-XIV), ed. R. Bordone, (Documenti della Storia), Torino: Loescher, 1984 (free download: )
- Le campagne nell'età comunale (metà sec. XI - metà sec. XIV), ed. P. Cammarosano, Torino: Loescher, 1974 (free download:


Non-attending students:
Programme for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the volume:
- R. Bordone, Uno stato d'animo. Memoria del tempo e comportamenti urbani nel mondo comunale italiano, Firenze: FUP-Reti Medievali, 2002, free download
Knowledge of one of the following two volumes:
- R. Rao, I paesaggi dell'Italia medievale, Roma: Carocci, 2015
- F. Franceschi, I. Taddei, Le città italiane nel medioevo, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2012
Knowledge of every chapter's introduction, besides a selection of sources read during the lessons, of the volume :
- La società urbana nell'Italia comunale (secoli XI-XIV), ed. R. Bordone, (Documenti della Storia), Torino: Loescher, 1984 (free download: )


Programme for 9 cfu:
Knowledge of the volume:
- R. Bordone, Uno stato d'animo. Memoria del tempo e comportamenti urbani nel mondo comunale italiano, Firenze: FUP-Reti Medievali, 2002, free download
Knowledge of one of the following two volumes:
- R. Rao, I paesaggi dell'Italia medievale, Roma: Carocci, 2015
- F. Franceschi, I. Taddei, Le città italiane nel medioevo, Bologna: Il Mulino, 2012
Knowledge of every chapter's introduction, besides a selection of sources read during the lessons, of the volumes :
- La società urbana nell'Italia comunale (secoli XI-XIV), ed. R. Bordone, (Documenti della Storia), Torino: Loescher, 1984 (free download: )
- Le campagne nell'età comunale (metà sec. XI - metà sec. XIV), ed. P. Cammarosano, Torino: Loescher, 1974 (free download:

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: oral exam
- Type of examination: oral interrogation
- Evaluation criteria: capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy, clarity.
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s
The format of the exam for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the professor, as well as the relevant office.
Unita' didattica A
M-STO/01 - MEDIEVAL HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/01 - MEDIEVAL HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-STO/01 - MEDIEVAL HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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