Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
FM0403 (AF:345790 AR:177158)
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
2nd Semester
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Contribution of the course to the overall degree programme goals
The course is part of the core educational activities of the Master's degree programmes in History from the Middle Ages to Present, Italian Philology and Literature, and History of Arts and Conservation of Artistic Heritage. It provides the fundamental methodological tools for the analysis of the historical sources. The objectives of the module are: to provide an in-depth knowledge of different types of sources used in medieval research; to build the necessary awareness of the methodological and practical problems related to the use of documentary sources; to develop, through essays, the ability to draw specific researches in Medieval history through primary sources. Furthermore, the course aims at providing knowledge and understanding of the most advanced topics in the field of the medieval primary sources.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the module, the students
1. - will have acquired a thorough knowledge of the actors and forms of medieval documentary production, of the fundamental types of documentaries, of the
links between political and social developments and the written sources (Knowledge and understanding);
- will have acquired an in-depth knowledge of the institutional developments of the main Italian communes and their relationship with coeval documentary production and will be able to critically analyze the various related historiographic themes (Knowledge and understanding);
2. - will be able to identify and critically use written sources relating to the period and theme studied for the purpose of carrying out autonomous researches (Ability to apply knowledge and understanding);
- will be able to create links between the different areas of medieval historiographic production with reference to the theme studied (Ability to apply knowledge and understanding);
3. - will be able to properly evaluate and judge the sources analysed during classes;
4. - will have acquired the ability to present critically and with an appropriate lexicon the results of their research (Communication skills);
5. - will be able to fully understand the complexity of historical developments (Learning skills).
Basic knowledge of the Latin could be useful but not strictly required.
The Italian commune: institutional aspects and organisational problems.
Referral texts
Attending students:
1) teaching materials provided in classroom and available online (Moodle platform);
2) P. Cammarosano, Italia medievale. Struttura e geografia delle fonti scritte, Roma, La Nuova Italia Scientifica (NIS) 1991, or Carocci, 1998;
3) G. Milani, I comuni italiani: XII-XIV secolo, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2007 (or later editions; digital edition 2015);
Further information will be offered during the course.
Students who has not yet attended a class in Medieval History should read P. Cammarosano, Guida allo studio della storia medievale, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2004.

Non attending students:
1) P. Cammarosano, Italia medievale. Struttura e geografia delle fonti scritte, Roma, La Nuova Italia Scientifica (NIS) 1991, or Carocci, 1998;
2) ) 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;
3) P. Cammarosano, Guida allo studio della storia medievale, Roma-Bari, Laterza, 2004;
4) one or two readings to be selected with the teacher.
Non-attending students who wish to take the Sources and Methods for Medieval History exam are required to contact the teacher.
Assessment methods
Oral exam. Students who wish can also prepare a short original research to be presented in class, which will be evaluated during the exam.
Teaching methods
Lessons will be held as seminars. Frontal lectures, reading and analysis of primary sources, discussion of texts, will characterize classroom activities. One-two visits to city archives are planned. Students are expected to attend regularly classes, where they should actively participate to the general discussion. Sources and other materials presented in the classroom are available on the Moodle platform of the University.
Further information
Although not mandatory, students are warmly invited to attend the classes.
Type of exam
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