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SOURCES AND METHODS OF MEDIEVAL HISTORY

CODE 106803
ACADEMIC YEAR 2022/2023
CREDITS
  • 9 cfu during the 1st year of 8459 STORIA (L-42) - GENOVA
  • SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR M-STO/01
    TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
  • SEMESTER 2° Semester
    TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

    OVERVIEW

    For those students taking 9 credits, the course is divided into two modules (a total of 60 hours). The first module will provide a broad overview of the main types of medieval documents, how these were conceived, their aims, the different themes and problems that historians of different disciplines have followed and tackled over time. In addition, the lessons will illustrate how to build a thematic bibliography and how to access online resources. The second module will deepen the topics dealt with in the first module, with classroom exercises on sources and bibliographies and discussions of different ways of managing data.

    AIMS AND CONTENT

    LEARNING OUTCOMES

    The course "Medieval history: sources and methodology" aims at providing knowledge of the main types of medieval documents, their uses and the problems in tackling such documentation; the ability to navigate through bibliographic resources, and to manage the data collected from documents.

    AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

    In furnishing basic knowledge of the sources and methodology for medieval history, the course aims to provide an understanding of the evolution of medieval sources, with particular reference to the documents produced between the 12th-15th centuries in the Italian context. At the end of the course the students will be able to recognize the main types of documents, and understand how these were interpreted and used over time; the students will acquire the ability to exploit the potential of the different types of documents that will be progressively discussed, and gain awareness of the problems in dealing with medieval sources. At the end of the course, students will also be able to construct autonomously a thematic bibliography and elaborate simple databases so as to facilitate the analysis of different types of documents.   

    PREREQUISITES

    No specific prerequisites are required.

     

    TEACHING METHODS

    Lectures, also with the use of slides; part of the material will be provided during the lecture, a part will be available in various formats on Aulaweb.

    Lectures will be held in presence. It will be possible to follow the lectures remotely (streaming/recordings via Teams platform) only for those students who make express request for it at the beginning of the course by writing to the lecturer. Those who follow the lectures from home will be considered non-attendees and therefore they will be examined on the syllabus for non-attending students to be agreed with the lecturer.

    SYLLABUS/CONTENT

    Overview of medieval sources, approaches to, and problems in, the study of sources, historiographical and practical updates on the sources.

    RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

    For those taking 9 credits (CFU)

    Compulsory text:

    P. Cammarosano, Italia medievale. Struttura e geografia delle fonti scritte, Roma, 1991 [Students attending the lectures may choose 2 chapters].

    In addition, one of the following options:

    1) Civiltà Comunale: Libro, Scrittura, Documento. Atti del Convegno, Genova, 8-11 novembre 1988 in Atti della Società Ligure di Storia Patria, 29/2 (1989), [students attending the lectures may choose 2 articles from among those written by: G. Tabacco, G.G. Fissore, A. Rovere, G. Ortalli, U. Tucci, G. Cherubini]. The text is available in open access:

    https://www.storiapatriagenova.it/BD_vs_contenitore.aspx?Id_Scheda_Bibliografica_Padre=1033&Id_Progetto=0

    2) C. Violante, Atti privati e storia medioevale: problemi di metodo, Roma 1982 (Fonti e studi del corpus membranarum Italicarum. Prima serie, studi e ricerche).

    For those taking 6 credits (CFU)

    Compulsory text:

    P. Cammarosano, Italia medievale. Struttura e geografia delle fonti scritte, Roma, 1991 [Students attending the lectures may choose 2 chapters].

    More information on the requirements for the exam will be given during the first lecture; this information, as well as a more extensive bibliography, will also be available on Aulaweb. Non-attending students are invited to contact the lecturer in order to agree on the exam programme.

    TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

    Exam Board

    PAOLA GUGLIELMOTTI (President)

    MARIA ELENA CORTESE

    DENISE BEZZINA (Substitute)

    SANDRA MACCHIAVELLO (Substitute)

    VALENTINA RUZZIN (Substitute)

    LESSONS

    LESSONS START

    mid-February 2023.

    Class schedule

    All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

    EXAMS

    EXAM DESCRIPTION

    Oral exam

    ASSESSMENT METHODS

    The exam aims at verifying the students’ ability to appreciate and explain the richness and specificity of medieval documents, their uses and interpretations as well as their awareness of the problems in dealing with them; participation in classroom exercises will be taken into account.

    Exam schedule

    Date Time Location Type Notes
    14/12/2022 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    18/01/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    08/02/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    10/05/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale appello riservato ai laureandi della sessione estiva
    24/05/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    07/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    21/06/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    05/07/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale
    13/09/2023 09:00 GENOVA Orale