Academic year
2019/2020 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0067 (AF:313032 AR:170052)
Blended (on campus and online classes)
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
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The discipline belongs to the core educational activities of the Master’s Degree Programme in History from the Middle Ages to Present. Those activities prepare students to specialize in European and extra-European history, by acquiring a specific understanding of the fundamental epistemologies of a historian’s practice and of the methodology of investigation of primary and secondary sources.
The attendance and the active participation at the course and the individual study will allow the students: 1) to acquire the knowledge and the understanding of the major categories, problems, historiographical trends related to the Protestant Reformation in Europe; 2) to acquire a deeper knowledge on written and oral communication in the German Reformation, by reading and discussing historical essays; 3) to approach this subject through the first-hand analysis and evaluation of primary sources; 4) to give an oral presentation on a case-study; to write a paper (essay) based on a critical analysis of the scientific literature and of sources related to a case-study
Basic knowledge of the European History in the Early Modern Age.
Voices of the Reformation. Written, spoken, printed, painted and sung words in the German Reformation

The course (blended) aims to explore the different forms of communication processes in the Age of the German Reformation. It will focus on the main questions of the historiographic debate on a major topic of the studies on the German (and European) Reformation of the 16th century, by crossing different perspectives: social-history and anthropology, church- and religious history, history of the media and history of the book, gender history. Different kinds of primary and secondary sources will be analyzed: e.g., sermons, Reformators' writing, "Flugschriften", visual sources, songs
Different kind of sources will be analysed: sermons, theological writings, pamphlets, (Flugschriften and Flugblätter),visual sources, songs.
1. Elizabeth Eisenstein, La rivoluzione inavvertita, la stampa come fattore di mutamento, Bologna, il Mulino, 1985 (ed. or. 1979)
2. Thomas Kaufman, I redenti e i dannati. Una storia della Riforma, Torino, Einaudi, 2018.
3. Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli, Pescatori di uomini. Predicatori e piazze alla fine del medioevo, Bologna, Il Mulino, 2005
4. Andrew Pettegree, Brand Luther: How an Unheralded Monk Turned His Small Town into a Center of Publishing, Made Himself the Most Famous Man in Europe and Started the Protestant Reformation, London, Penguin 2015
5. Ulinka Rublack, Reformation Europe, Cambridge U.P. 2005 (2nd ed. 2017)
6. Robert W. Scribner, For the Sake of Simple Folk: Popular Propaganda for the German Reformation, Cambridge U.P., 1981 ( Per il popolo dei semplici. Propaganda popolare nella Riforma tedesca, Milano, UNICOPLI, 2008)
7. Id.,Oral Culture and the Diffusion of Reformation Ideas in R. W. Scribner, Popular Culture and Popular Movements in Reformation Germany, London, Bloomsbury, 1987.

Student attending the course: written final paper and oral exam. The active participation to the class will be evaluated too.
Students who can't attend the course: oral examination on the texts indicated in the section "Referral texts" of this Syllabus.
Introductory lessons; seminar activities: weekly reading of a historical essay; class discussions; student presentations.
Students attending the course: at least 7/10 lesson.
Students who can't attend the lessons are invited to communicate their program to the teacher before the examination
written and oral

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 16/08/2019