Academic year
2018/2019 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0255 (AF:296990 AR:163508)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
6 out of 12 of MEDIEVAL HISTORY
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
2nd Term
In the frame of the Bachelor's degree in Literature, students are expected to achieve a good knowledge of the political, social, religious and economic history of Europe in the Middle Ages, by considering its main features and evolutionary dynamics from the IV to the XIV-XV century.
By the end of the course students
1.they will have to know problems and methods of medieval history and its periodization (knowledge and understanding);
- will have to know the different forms of secular and ecclesiastical power, of social and religious structures, and their evolution (knowledge and understanding);
- will have to know the economic trends and conjunctures of the medieval age (knowledge and understanding);
2. - will be able to identify persistences, developments and transformations of medieval societies (ability to apply knowledge and understanding);
- will be able to frame the main historical problems related to the Middle Ages and to illustrate developments and lines of investigation (ability to apply knowledge and understanding);
3. - will be able to contextualise and critically evaluate the sources analyzed in class, placing them correctly in the historiographical debate (autonomy of judgment);
4. - will have to acquire an appropriate lexicon and to consolidate their skills and ability to communicate what they know (Communication skills);
5. -will be able to understand the complexity of historical developments in relation to the period considered (Learning skills).
Ability to read and understand modern bibliography in the historical field.
The end of the Ancient World and the birth of the society of the early Middle Ages: the transformation of the Roman world; the barbarian kingdoms.
The Carolingian age and the age of the local powers.
The economic take-off of Europe: growth of agriculture, evolution of rural lordship, increase of commerce and cities.
The reform of the Church, the chivalry and the Crusades.
The italian comuni and their inner evolution; the formation of the European monarchies.
The maximum development of the medieval society in the XIII century.
The crisis of the XIV and the beginning of the XV century: toward the Modern Age
1)S. Gasparri - C. La Rocca, Tempi barbarici. L'Europa occidentale tra antichità e medioevo (300-900), Carocci, Roma 2012.
2)A. Zorzi, Manuale di Storia Medievale (to read only from p. 129)
3)Historical sources and other materials distributed during the course.
For the students who regularly attend lectures there will be a written and oral examination. For the students who don't attend lectures there will be only an oral examination.During the examination, the students will demostrate to have acquired independence of judgement by analyzing critically primary and secondary sources and the ability to communicate what they have learnt by using the historical vocabulary.
The course will be held over 60 hours (12 ECTS) and classes will be focused on medieval sources and historical researches, in order to make it possible to understand the processes of formation of historical knowledge.
written and oral
Definitive programme.