Teaching workshop

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the workshop is to develop a path that allows participants to acquire the basic tools for the use and understanding of historical sources useful to study the political history of the early-modern age. During the ten lessons of the workshop we will discuss methodological problems, historical themes and we will be able to analyze original material contained in the Archives of Milan.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the workshop, the students who have attended will have become conscious of the methodology and critical knowledge that will allow them to read, contextualize and interrogate the original sources, then put them in a more extensive historiographic framework. After addressing problems and methodological issues, analyzing historical themes and delving into the knowledge of documentary material contained in the archives, the student will have the basis to reflect directly on the sources and to understand the concrete challenges that arise for those who are familiar with historical studies. They will also be able to move through a basic bibliography and will know the main search tools available online.
The skills will be acquired through direct contact with the instructor and through active and effective participation in the lessons. The final exam will consist of the drafting of a short paper written from the material and themes analyzed during the lessons.
Students unable to attend classes regularly will made available to them the teaching materials by the instructor, with whom they can also agree to further in-depth readings.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Lectures will be delivered partly live 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.
Course syllabus
The course will examine sources and methodologies which are relevant to the study of health policies in the first half of the nineteenth century (from the Napoleonic age to the choleric epidemic in the 1830s). It will highlight multiple entanglements between demography, history of politics, social history, cultural and medical history.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is mandatory. Laboratory is delivered through lectures aimed at providing the student with the essential tools to carry out research in early-modern history, with particular reference to the first half of the nineteenth century:
- building a bibliography through the available research tools (catalogues and online repertories, dictionaries, databases);
- knowing the various types of sources about health policies in the first half of the nineteenth century (from a demographic, political and administrative, social, cultural and medical point of view): reading published records and finding the way through unpublished sources;
- writing up research results by using specific language of the subject and editorial style of essays.
These skills will be first acquired through classes, by practicing on research tools and sources, and then through the individual drafting of a short paper, on the basis of reading and discussion of essays and published 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.
Laboratory is also based on didactic material provided on ARIEL
Teaching Resources
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures.
Knowledge of the sources examined during lectures.
Reading two of the following essays is recommended (the first one, plus a further one):

1) F. Della Peruta, Per uno studio della malattia come ricerca di storia della società (1815-1914), in Storia della sanità in Italia. Metodo e indicazioni di ricerca, a cura del Centro italiano di storia ospitaliera, Roma, Il Pensiero Scientifico, 1978, pp. 25-41.

2) L. Faccini, Uomini e lavoro in risaia. Il dibattito sulla risicoltura nel '700 e nell'800, Milano, Franco Angeli, 1976 (limitatamente all'Introduzione, pp. 13-45).

3) A. Grab, Smallpox vaccination in Napoleonic Italy (1800-1814), "Napoleonica. La Revue", 30 (2017), pp. 38-58

4) P. Preto, Epidemia, paura e politica nell'Italia moderna, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 1987 (limitatamente al cap. VI, pp. 121-166).

5) E. Grottanelli, Un problema di igiene urbana: i cimiteri a Milano (XVIII-XIX secolo), «Sanità scienza e storia», 2 (1985), pp. 83-119; oppure M. Canella, La gestione della morte nel Milanese tra età moderna e contemporanea: l'intervento dello Stato dall'indagine conoscitiva all'azione legislativa, in A. Menzione (a cura di), Specchio della popolazione. La percezione dei fatti demografici nel passato, Udine, Forum, 2003, pp. 55-80.

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the lecturer in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for preparation.
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 the attendance of lectures and the writing of a short essay
- 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 assesement for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the lecturer
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours