Medieval history

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
60
Overall hours
SSD
M-STO/01
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
The course offers an in-depth look at the medieval age, as well as the main languages and historiographical problems related to the period in question. The course aims in particular to provide methodological, lexical and conceptual tools suitable to safely address the historiographic debate.
Expected learning outcomes
The course aims to introduce participants to the historiographical reflection on the medieval age, opening them to the use of published and unpublished sources and the bibliographic tools essential for the study of the period in question, with particular reference to the topic of medieval welfare. By taking a critical approach to the historiography and analysis of specific case studies, students will be introduced to different methodologies of historical investigation and how to approach archival documentation. At the end of the course students will be able to critically read sources and studies related to the historical period under examination and to elaborate autonomous reflections on a historiographic perspective that places not only the public institutions but also the primary system of relations from which the institutions derive at the centre of the historical investigation. These skills will be acquired through a direct and continuous meeting with the instructor in the classroom: in particular, through critical reflection on documents and texts proposed for individual analysis. During the course, students - individually or in groups - will present and discuss readings suggested by the teacher. 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
Course syllabus
Course title: Society, assistance and protection in the Middle Ages
Part 1: Typologies and functions.
Part 2: Historiography.
Part 3: Sources and case studies.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the admission to the MA degree in historical science.
Teaching methods
Attendance at classes is strongly recommended, although not compulsory. The teaching is partly delivered through frontal lectures aimed primarily at the acquisition of knowledge, skills and language of the discipline. In part it will follow the innovative method of the so-called flipped classroom, consisting of team works and discussions in the classroom (real or virtual) between students on primary or secondary sources in which the collaboration and cooperation of the students is central and the teacher has a guiding role: this aims to promote in the student a critical spirit and the ability to apply the skills and knowledge acquired.
The course makes use of teaching materials, including multimedia, available on the ARIEL platform.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:
- Programme for 6 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (modules 1 and 2)
Study of one of the following volumes:
- Alle origini del welfare. radici medievali e moderne della cultura dell'assistenza, a cura di G. Piccinni, Viella, Roma, 2020
- Ospedali e montagne. Paesaggi, funzioni, poteri in età medievale, a cura di M. Gazzini, T. Frank, Pearson, Milano, 2021

- Programme for 9 cfu:
Knowledge of the topics taught in lectures (modules 1, 2 and 3)
Study of the two following volumes:
- Alle origini del welfare. radici medievali e moderne della cultura dell'assistenza, a cura di G. Piccinni, Viella, Roma, 2020
- Ospedali e montagne. Paesaggi, funzioni, poteri in età medievale, a cura di M. Gazzini, T. Frank, Pearson, Milano, 2021


Non-attending students:
- Programme for 6 cfu:
Study of the two following volumes:
- Alle origini del welfare. radici medievali e moderne della cultura dell'assistenza, a cura di G. Piccinni, Viella, Roma, 2020
- Ospedali e montagne. Paesaggi, funzioni, poteri in età medievale, a cura di M. Gazzini, T. Frank, Pearson, Milano, 2021

- Programme for 9 cfu:
Study of the three following volumes:
- Alle origini del welfare. radici medievali e moderne della cultura dell'assistenza, a cura di G. Piccinni, Viella, Roma, 2020
- Ospedali e montagne. Paesaggi, funzioni, poteri in età medievale, a cura di M. Gazzini, T. Frank, Pearson, Milano, 2021
- G. Albini, Poveri e povertà nel Medioevo, Carocci, Roma, 2016.

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.
Unità didattica A
M-STO/01 - MEDIEVAL HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unità didattica B
M-STO/01 - MEDIEVAL HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
Unità didattica C
M-STO/01 - MEDIEVAL HISTORY - University credits: 3
Lessons: 20 hours
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