Research Methodology in History

A.Y. 2020/2021
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/01 M-STO/02 M-STO/04
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course aims to guide students enrolled in the first year of the history degree course in understanding the educational and scientific project of the course of studies they have undertaken, providing methodological and historical tools useful for their studies.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course the student will have acquired the basics related to the methodologies of the discipline of history.
They will also know, in the broad outlines, the different types of sources, the periodization, the main moments in the history of historiography, the current orientations of historical research, and its different approaches in relation to other social sciences.
The student will be able to use language tools (language properties, correct specific lexicon) to express, in a clear and effective form, concepts of a political, institutional, economic, and 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

A-L

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Lectures will be delivered partly live with simultaneous streaming online, and partly remotely, according to a timetable that each lecturer will publish on the course page on Ariel.

On the course page on Ariel, students will be able to find all the information on the lectures and any changes to the programme and its related documents (bibliography etc) in case of lockdown.
The means and criteria for participation in the live lectures, which will need booking through a specific app, will be indicated on the University website.
Finally, in case it proves impossible to hold the exam face to face, the exam will take place remotely, in ways which will be communicated on the course page on Ariel at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Methodology for studying History.

Part 1: Studying Medieval History: methods and tools [Alessandra Bassani].

Part 2: Studying Modern History: methods and tools [Lecturer to be appointed].

Part 3 : Studying Contemporary History: methods and tools [Massimo Baioni].
Prerequisites for admission
Being a first year exam, there are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission. Therefore, the basic knowledge of the main events and historical periods as learned in High School is considered to be known. A specific interest in the problems of interpretation of history and historiography is required.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher 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 9 cfu:
1. Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (parts 1, 2, 3).
2. The sure knowledge of the book: M. Bloch, Apologia della storia o mestiere di storico (Einaudi, any edition).
3. Deepen the topics taught in one of the three parts through the study of one of the following text:

Part 1 (mod. A):
- S. Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- F. Senatore, Medioevo. Istruzioni per l'uso, Pearson
- P. Cammarosano, Guida allo studio della storia medievale, Laterza
- P. Corrao - P. Viola, Introduzione agli studi di storia, Donzelli più G. Sergi, L'idea di Medioevo. Fra storia e senso comune, Donzelli
- P. Delogu, Introduzione alla storia medievale, Il Mulino

Part 2 (mod. B):

- S. Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- R. Bizzocchi, Guida allo studio della storia moderna, Laterza
- F. Chabod, Lezioni di metodo storico, Laterza
- M. P. Paoli (a cura di), Nel laboratorio della storia: una guida alle fonti della storia moderna, Carocci
- G. P. Romagnani, La società di antico regime (XVI-XVIII). Temi e problemi storiografici, Carocci

Part 3 (mod. C):

- Sergio Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- Vittorio Vidotto, Guida allo studio della storia contemporanea, Laterza
- Giovanni De Luna, La passione e la ragione. Fonti e metodi dello storico contemporanea, Bruno Mondadori

Non-attending students:

Programme for 9 cfu:
1. The sure knowledge of the book: M. Bloch, Apologia della storia o mestiere di storico (Einaudi, any edition).
2. Deepen the topics taught in two of the three parts through the study of two of the following texts chosen in two lists:

Part 1 (mod. A):
- S. Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- F. Senatore, Medioevo. Istruzioni per l'uso, Pearson
- P. Cammarosano, Guida allo studio della storia medievale, Laterza
- P. Corrao - P. Viola, Introduzione agli studi di storia, Donzelli più G. Sergi, L'idea di Medioevo. Fra storia e senso comune, Donzelli
- P. Delogu, Introduzione alla storia medievale, Il Mulino

Part 2 (mod. B):

- S. Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- R. Bizzocchi, Guida allo studio della storia moderna, Laterza
- F. Chabod, Lezioni di metodo storico, Laterza
- M. P. Paoli (a cura di), Nel laboratorio della storia: una guida alle fonti della storia moderna, Carocci
- G. P. Romagnani, La società di antico regime (XVI-XVIII). Temi e problemi storiografici, Carocci

Part 3 (mod. C):

- Sergio Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- Vittorio Vidotto, Guida allo studio della storia contemporanea, Laterza
- Giovanni De Luna, La passione e la ragione. Fonti e metodi dello storico contemporanea, Bruno Mondadori

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with one of the professors 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 the acquired knowledge of the topics of the course, ability to reflect capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of exposition, competence in the use of specialised lexicon of the discipline, communicative effectiveness and clarity of the presentation.

- 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
Professor: Bassani Alessandra
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Baioni Massimo

M-Z

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
Lectures will be delivered partly live with simultaneous streaming online, and partly remotely, according to a timetable that each lecturer will publish on the course page on Ariel.
On the course page on Ariel, students will be able to find all the information on the lectures and any changes to the programme and its related documents (bibliography etc) in case of lockdown.
The means and criteria for participation in the live lectures, which will need booking through a specific app, will be indicated on the University website.
Finally, in case it proves impossible to hold the exam face to face, the exam will take place remotely, in ways which will be communicated on the course page on Ariel at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: Methodology for studying History.

Unit 1 (mod. A): Studying Medieval History: methods and tools [Alessandra Bassani].

Unit 2 (mod. B): Studying Modern History: methods and tools [docente da nominare].

Unit 3 (mod. C): Studying Contemporary History: methods and tools [docente da nominare].
Prerequisites for admission
Being a first year exam, there are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission. Therefore, the basic knowledge of the main events and historical periods as learned in High School is considered to be known. A specific interest in the problems of interpretation of history and historiography is required.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is strongly recommended although not compulsory. The teaching is delivered through lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, competence and specific language of the subject. Discussion with the teacher 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 9 cfu:
1. Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (units 1, 2, 3).
2. The sure knowledge of the book: M. Bloch, Apologia della storia o mestiere di storico (Einaudi, any edition).
3. Deepen the topics taught in one of the three units through the study of one of the following text:

Unit 1 (mod. A):
- S. Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- F. Senatore, Medioevo. Istruzioni per l'uso, Pearson
- P. Cammarosano, Guida allo studio della storia medievale, Laterza
- P. Corrao - P. Viola, Introduzione agli studi di storia, Donzelli più G. Sergi, L'idea di Medioevo. Fra storia e senso comune, Donzelli
- P. Delogu, Introduzione alla storia medievale, Il Mulino

Unit 2 (mod. B):

- S. Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- R. Bizzocchi, Guida allo studio della storia moderna, Laterza
- F. Chabod, Lezioni di metodo storico, Laterza
- M. P. Paoli (a cura di), Nel laboratorio della storia: una guida alle fonti della storia moderna, Carocci
- G. P. Romagnani, La società di antico regime (XVI-XVIII). Temi e problemi storiografici, Carocci

Unit 3 (mod. C):

- Sergio Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- Vittorio Vidotto, Guida allo studio della storia contemporanea, Laterza
- Giovanni De Luna, La passione e la ragione. Fonti e metodi dello storico contemporanea, Bruno Mondadori


Non-attending students:

Programme for 9 cfu:
1. The sure knowledge of the book: M. Bloch, Apologia della storia o mestiere di storico (Einaudi, any edition).
2. Deepen the topics taught in two of the three units through the study of two of the following texts chosen in two lists:

Unit 1 (mod. A):
- S. Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- F. Senatore, Medioevo. Istruzioni per l'uso, Pearson
- P. Cammarosano, Guida allo studio della storia medievale, Laterza
- P. Corrao - P. Viola, Introduzione agli studi di storia, Donzelli più G. Sergi, L'idea di Medioevo. Fra storia e senso comune, Donzelli
- P. Delogu, Introduzione alla storia medievale, Il Mulino

Unit 2 (mod. B):

- S. Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- R. Bizzocchi, Guida allo studio della storia moderna, Laterza
- F. Chabod, Lezioni di metodo storico, Laterza
- M. P. Paoli (a cura di), Nel laboratorio della storia: una guida alle fonti della storia moderna, Carocci
- G. P. Romagnani, La società di antico regime (XVI-XVIII). Temi e problemi storiografici, Carocci

Unit 3 (mod. C):

- Sergio Luzzatto (a cura di), Prima lezione di metodo storico, Laterza
- Vittorio Vidotto, Guida allo studio della storia contemporanea, Laterza
- Giovanni De Luna, La passione e la ragione. Fonti e metodi dello storico contemporanea, Bruno Mondadori

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with one of the professors 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
Unita' didattica A
M-STO/01 - MEDIEVAL HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Bassani Alessandra
Unita' didattica B
M-STO/02 - MODERN HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unita' didattica C
M-STO/04 - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Professor: Valent Lucio