SOURCES AND METHODS FOR MEDIEVAL HISTORY

Academic year
2017/2018 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
FONTI E METODI PER LA STORIA MEDIEVALE SP.
Course code
FM0403 (AF:262673 AR:138318)
Modality
ECTS credits
6
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
M-STO/01
Period
2nd Semester
Where
VENEZIA
Moodle
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Course objectives
Students are expected to achieve the basic methodological knowledge and to develop his/her own ability to draw specific researches in Medieval history through primary sources. To this purpose individual exercises will be scheduled. Lessons will be held as seminars and, thus, is warmly suggested to be present to lessons. In any way, non attending students must define their own specific programme at the start of the course.
Pre-requirements
Basic knowledge of the Latin could be useful but not strictly required.
Contents
The Italian commune: institutional aspects and organisational problems.
Referral texts
Attending students: 1) sources and materials will be offered during the lessons; 2) P. Cammarosano, Italia medievale. Struttura e geografia delle fonti scritte, Roma, La Nuova Italia Scientifica (NIS) 1991, or Carocci, 1998; 3) F. Menant, L'Italia dei comuni (1100-1350), Roma, Viella, 2011, or, as an alternative, C. Wickham, Sonnambuli verso un nuovo mondo. L'affermazione dei comuni italiani nel XII secolo, Roma, Viella, 2017.
It is warmly suggested reading P. Cammarosano, Guida allo studio della storia medievale, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2004.
Further information will be offered during the course.
Type of exam
written and oral
Assessment methods
An individual paper, centred on a research to draw directly on historical documents, will be discussed in class and it will be considered as the final exam. The course aims at providing knowledge and understanding of the most advanced topics in the field of the medieval primary sources;
 the ability to develop and present a research project;
 autonomy of judgment, particularly in the selection of the most significant source material; the ability to communicate the purpose and results of a research project; the skill to learn autonomously and to carry out autonomously a research project.

Non attending students must define their own specific programme and their own paper's title and contents. However, their paper will be discussed in class as well.
Teaching methods
Lessons will be held as seminars. Frontal lectures, reading and analysis of primary sources, discussion of texts and paper presentations will characterize classroom activities. Students are expected to attend regularly classes, where they should actively participate to the general discussion. During the first part of the course students will choose amongst specific topics about which they will have to write their own papers as assignment. An oral presentation and a written paper are required also by all participants, included those who are unable to attend regularly.
Teaching language
Italian
Other
Student consultation hours are once a week. Students can also write at arapetti@unive.it
Sustainability
  • Lecture notes, material for reference or for self-assessment available online or as e-book
Last update of the programme
03/01/2018