Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FT0023 (AF:312677 AR:170102)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Term
Course year
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Acquaintance with the fundamental idea of archival sciences through the examination of the archive's management and preservation; acquaintance with information accessing systems - both historical and modern; acquaintance with research methods and instruments in historical archives; acquaintance with different types of archives. The seminar, considered as basic activity in the BA program in History, curricula Archive and Library studies and as a core educational activity in the BA program, Conservation of Cultural Heritage and Performing Arts Management, Curricula Art History, offers knowledge of the history and management of documentary material, as well as the archival methodology to allow cultural operators (librarians, archivists, historians and art historians, operators and museum curators) to acquire skills in the treatment of archival material and its contextualisation, exploitation and enhancement.
Through the critical acquisition of the contents offered by the course, the student should have achieved at the end of the module the necessary skills to orientate himself in the disciplinary articulation of archival sciences and understand the general lines of the methods of production, management, conservation, planning and valorization of the archives.
No particular prerequisites are required.
The course will have ten lessons in which the following themes will be examined:
1. Introduction to archival sciences
2. Definition and role of the archive
3. History of archives
4. Different types: public and private, ecclesiastical, family and personal archives
5. Record creation and recordkeeping
6. Archival organization
7. Archives and information technology
8. Legislation and normative evolution
A visit to the Venetian State Archives will be part of the course.
Attenders - the three following texts are to be thoroughly studied:
- Giorgetta Bonfiglio Dosio, Primi passi nel mondo degli archivi. Temi e testi per la formazione archivistica di primo livello, Padova, Cleup 2007
- Maria Barbara Bertini, Che cos'e un archivio, Roma, Carocci, 2008 (students are asked to contact the tutor via mail for indication regarding accessibility to the book)
- Elio Lodolini, Archivistica. Principi e problemi. Milano, FrancoAngeli, 2008 (13e edizione)
Non-attenders - The three texts above plus the following two texts are to be read:
- Isabella Zanni Rosiello, Gli archivi nella societa contemporanea, Bologna, Il Mulino 2009
- Patrizia Angelucci, Breve storia degli archivi e dell?archivistica, Perugia, Morlacchi, 2008
The exam lasts two and a half hours. Students are asked to illustrate 30 basic archival concepts (choice out of 40) with 5-6 lines per each concept. On Moodleby accessing IS the student can have access to files containing materials from class to be added to the books indicated for the exam
COVID-19 EMERGENCY: The exam will be conducted orally through Google Meet. The student will have to register for the exam and a few days before will receive an invitation via his University email account for the exact time and date of the exam, which he must accept by clicking on "yes". At the exact time he will have to click on the link in the email, accept the microphone and camera enabling and click on: participate now. In the exam the student will be asked to explain 10 archival concepts. Each concept would have a value of 3 points maximum (0 - does not know; 1 - not enough; 2 - sufficient; 3 - excellent) for the duration of 30 minutes in total. The material consists of the notes uploaded on the Moodle platform and the reading of the books. If you are unable to obtain the required books and follow the reading with the help of the "guided reading" file (uploaded to Moodle), I would ask you to let me know by mail:
frontal lesson through the projection of texts and images.
Reception hours: Monday 11am-1pm in the Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Palazzo Malcanton Marcora (but students are asked to check the "avvisi" section on the tutor's webpage to see whether the reception hour has not changed).
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). If you have a disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 09/04/2020