Medieval history

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to provide the broad outlines of medieval history, as well as the tools necessary to understand the main political, economic, social and religious elements visible during the centuries of the late ancient age to the early Renaissance
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the course the student will have acquired the knowledge of the political-institutional, socio-economic and cultural development of Medieval history, from 5th to the 15th centuries. They shall also be able to place the most representative events and figures in their chronological and geographical contexts. 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. 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
First semester
Lessons will be given primarily in presence in the classroom and in streaming on the TEAMS platform of the Course. Access registration to the classroom has to follow procedures given by the University.
Course syllabus
Title of the course: The medieval cavalry. From holy war to alcove warfare
I Part (20 hours, 3 Ects): The Middle Ages: definition and sources. From Late Antiquity to early Middle Ages
II Part (20 hours, 3 Ects): Focus on principal institutional, economic and social dynamics of the high Middle Ages
III Part (20 hours, 3 Ects): The cavalry. Ideals and representations.
The duration of the program for attending students is two years (February 2023).
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission. The course will be held in Italian language.
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 an integral 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 material provided on Ariel: slides, texts, videos.
Teaching Resources
- Program for 6 CFU for attending students:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (I and II Part)
Textbook: G. Vitolo, Medioevo. I caratteri originali di un'età di transizione, Sansoni, Milano 2000, or A. Zorzi, Manuale di storia medievale, UTET, Torino 2016 (with summaries, chronological summaries and concept maps).

- Program for 9 CFU for attending students:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (I, II and III Part)
Textbook: G. Vitolo, Medioevo. I caratteri originali di un'età di transizione, Sansoni, Milano 2000, or A. Zorzi, Manuale di storia medievale, UTET, Torino 2016 (with summaries, chronological summaries and concept maps);
Knowledge of one of following volumes:
Jean Flori, La cavalleria medievale, il Mulino, Bologna 2016.
Nicholas Morton, Gli ordini religiosi militari, il Mulino, Bologna 2014.

- Program for 6 CFU for non-attending students:
Textbook: G. Vitolo, Medioevo. I caratteri originali di un'età di transizione, Sansoni, Milano 2000, or A. Zorzi, Manuale di storia medievale, UTET, Torino 2016 (with summaries, chronological summaries and concept maps).
Knowledge of following volume:
F.M. Vaglienti, Squarci nel Medioevo. Tradizione e sperimentazioni, Mimesis Edizioni, Milano-Udine 2012.

- Program for 9 CFU for non-attending students:
Textbook: G. Vitolo, Medioevo. I caratteri originali di un'età di transizione, Sansoni, Milano 2000, or A. Zorzi, Manuale di storia medievale, UTET, Torino 2016 (with summaries, chronological summaries and concept maps).
Knowledge of following volume:
F.M. Vaglienti, Squarci nel Medioevo. Tradizione e sperimentazioni, Mimesis Edizioni, Milano-Udine 2012
Knowledge of one of following volumes:
Jean Flori, La cavalleria medievale, il Mulino, Bologna 2016.
Nicholas Morton, Gli ordini religiosi militari, il Mulino, Bologna 2014.

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the professor to arrange a reading plan (available in French) for exam preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: the exam consists of an oral interrogation and conducted in Italian language. Only in case of a crowded exam session, a written test of 20 minutes can be requested (about principal events of Middle Ages, chronologies, definitions).
- Evaluation criteria: capacity to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; capacity for critical reflection on the completed work; quality, linearity and clarity of exposition; competence in the use of specialized lexicon.
- Type of evaluation method: mark in 30s.
Mid-term assessment at two thirds of the course is reserved to attending students. The written exam consists of some open questions about the subjects of the lessons. The assessment results will be published on Ariel site.
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
Educational website(s)
Professor(s)
Reception:
Wednesday, from 2:00 p.m., by appointment agreed by e-mail
Until January 31, 2022, remotely on the Microsoft Teams platform. Via Festa del Perdono 7, Settore B, stanza B24, 3° piano mezzanino sottotetto