Civilisations of Medieval Europe LM 2023-2024

Teacher: Prof. Sandro Carocci
CFU: 6
Course code: 804002389
Degree: Master’s Degree “Scienze della Storia e del documento”
Course delivery modalities: In-presence
Language: Italian
Pre-requisites: Having already taken a course in Medieval History for postgraduate students
Attendance: Optional
Assessment method: Oral exam
Period: 2nd term
Starting date: 28 February 2024
Class hours
Tuesday, 11.00 a.m. – 13.00 a.m., P7
Wednesday, 11.00 a.m. – 13.00 a.m., P7
Thursday, 11.00 a.m. – 13.00 a.m., P7
Kings, aristocratic powers and rural societies in Southern Italy (1000-1400)
The course deals with innovative approaches to the power of nobility, rural societies and monarchic policy in Southern Italy (1000-1400). Peasant worlds of hitherto unsuspected dynamism are at the heart of this course, as well as kings determined to curb the aristocratic authority and nobles forced to adapt their seigneurial power to both the forces at work in rural societies, and royal policy. Kings, nobles and peasants began to play a complex game by means of laws, violence, feudal relations, economic investments, and by debating freedom and serfdom and exploiting men and natural resources. The course presents the story of an almost unknown Mezzogiorno: between the eleventh and the early fourteenth century, the Italian South was a complex and dynamic region in which only slowly a series of negative factors that in later centuries would delay its economic and civil development began to surface.
Text books:
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Educational goals and expected learning outcomes:
A) Learning outcomes, Knowledge and understanding, Potential for application: Students will acquire an in depth knowledge of the topics covered treated during the lectures. They will also gain familiarity with the methodology of historical research, in order to effectively pursue their studies and spend the acquired skills in research, teaching, publishing or science communication.
B) Self-assessment: Students will be invited to enhance their self-assessment ability, both during the course and the exam.
C) Communication skills: Active participation of students will be encouraged throughout the course, in order to improve their communication skills.
Methods and criteria for verifying the learning:
Oral exam The exam will be conducted orally and will assess the student’s command of the material studied in the course. The student will be assessed according to his/her ability to present and critically discuss the topics raised, making use of the exam bibliography and the course tools provided. Top marks (28-30L) will be awarded to students displaying: an excellent command of the topic, a critical approach to the material, a confident and effective use of the appropriate terminology.
Average marks (25-27) will be awarded to students who are able to summarise the relevant topics, but are not familiar with historiographical and historical debates, nor display a full command of the appropriate terminology. Low marks (18-24) will be awarded to students displaying a patchy knowledge of the relevant topics and do not command the appropriate terminology.
A student will be deemed to have failed the exam if he displays significant errors in his understanding and failure to grasp the overall outlines of the subject, together with a poor command of the appropriate terminology.
Teaching methods:
Lectures and students’ oral presentations. During the lectures written material and iconographic sources will be presented and commented, to propose an approach to methods of historical research, with particular reference to medieval history.
Attendance modalities:
Lectures and students’ oral presentations.