The aim of the Laboratory is to give students direct experience on a concrete work of historical research and to provide them with methodological tools about the use of bibliographic, archival and iconographic sources for research into the social and cultural history of the Soviet Union between 1953 and 1991.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the cycle of lectures, the students will have acquired knowledge of the main types of sources of social and cultural history and the main tools of research. They will be able to navigate the documentation of the modern age, specifically the social and cultural history of the Soviet Union through sources available in Italian and English. They will then be able to set up research work on the post-Stalinist Soviet Union thanks to the continuous exercise of assessing sources and their critical use, carried out together with the lecturer throughout the course at various centres of document repositories in Milan. These skills will be acquired through constant discussion with the lecturer during the lectures. Discussions and debates on the topics will be addressed in such a way as to make the Laboratory a truly formative and participatory path of study. Students unable to attend will be able to take advantage of the lecturer's advice regarding insights and readings on the topics covered in the lectures, as well as contact the lecturer by email for any eventuality.
Title of the course: Archives and periodicals for the study of post-Stalin USSR: sources and methods of the social history
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Attendance to classes is mandatory. Laboratory is delivered through lectures aimed at providing the student with the essential tools to carry out research on the history of Soviet society, with particular reference to the post-Stalin period: - knowing the main types of available sources concerning the social history of the Soviet Union; - finding published records through the available research tools (digitised catalogue of the association Italia-Russia Lombardia, catalogues and online repertories, dictionaries, databases); - knowing how to read published records and find the way through the unpublished. These skills will be first acquired through classes, by practicing on research tools and sources. Discussion with the teacher during lectures is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the ability to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
Attending students: - knowledge of the topics taught in lectures; - knowledge of the sources examined during lectures at the association Italia-Russia Lombardia: historical archive of the association, photographic archive, periodicals, monographs.
Non-attending students: programme to be arranged in advance with the lecturer.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: evaluation at the end of the course. - Type of examination: in itinere assessment and at the end of the course, on the basis of attendance of lectures. - Evaluation criteria: ability to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; ability for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of expression, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy, clarity. - Type of evaluation method: approval of 3 cfu. The format of the assessment for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the lecturer.