Women: Comparing Histories and Cultures

What is a Minor

A Minor is a taught study course composed of three modules of 6 ECTS each, that allow you to widen your studies with a glimpse at subjects that fall outside of your principal subject.
Passing the three exams required by the Minor, you will get a certification of the course you attended.


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Objectives and contents 

Women, through their thoughts and their actions have spearheaded many historic events, but often received insufficient recognition.

Through the medium of literature, this Minor will inform you about many stories of women from different geographical, social, cultural and institutional contexts from ancient Roman times to modern day. It will also allow you to understand how women are represented: the stereotypes, clichés that characterise so many female literary portraits allow us to rediscover the true profile of many protagonists of our history in a new light, and to better understand our times through their stories.

Through the contribution of different University professors, we will study the women depicted in classical literature (where the behavioral models and anti-models are defined), and the female protagonists of contemporary Italian literature (the experience that is closest to us) and incorporating the stimuli of our time), women in Latin American culture (women in literature and female writers), in Islam (women in religious literature and in Sharia law) and in China (women and literature between the late imperial age and revolution).

This Minor is taught in Italian.


This Minor is aimed at all students enrolled in Bachelor’s degree programmes at the university.

How to enrol

Enter the Minor into the study plan

The Minor is a study course divided into three classes of 6 ETCS each, a total of 18 ETCS .
By completing the study plan, you can sign up for two Minor exams out of the free choice exams, for a total of 12 ETCS, while the third (6 ETCS) must be included in the supernumerary exams.
Business Administration students have a study plan which involves 18 ETCS of free choice, for which they may not have recourse to supernumerary credits.

Fill out the registration form

You can choose which year to attend the Minor classes and take the exams. We suggest that you check your degree programme provides specific indications for the amount of free choice exams.
Before commencing your attendance, we invite you to fill in the appropriate registration form: it will be available on this page a few weeks before the beginning of the Minor.

Enrolment in single Minor classes

You can also add single Minor exams to your study plan without completing the entire course. Even in this case, you will need to fill out the registration form, specifying your choice.

Modules that make up the Minor

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