Medieval History LM. Advanced Course – Mod. A – 2023-2024

Teacher: Prof. Sandro Carocci
CFU: 6
Course code: 804002394 (12 CFU exam = Mod. A + Mod. B); 804002391 (Mod. A, 6 CFU)
Degree: Master’s Degree “Scienze della Storia e del documento”
Course delivery modalities: In-presence
Language: Italian
Attendance: Optional
Assessment method: Oral exam
Period: 1st  term
Starting day: 14 November 2023
Class hours
Tuesday, 9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m., T27
Wednesday, 9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m., P2
Thursday, 9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m., T21
Society, politics, and knights in Italian communes
The history of the communes in central and northern Italy is one of the most investigated topics by scholars of medieval Italy. However, in the last twenty years the history of the communal age has witnessed a profound renewal of study models and interpretative paradigms. This course illustrates not only the main aspects of Italian communal history, but also the most recent interpretative innovations. In particular, the analysis of the social, institutional and cultural changes that characterised Italian communal cities between the beginning of the 12th and the end of the 13th century has given great weight to the problem of war and conflict, and to the social group – the so-called ‘militia’, i.e. the class of city knights – that was for a long time hegemonic on the communal scene precisely thanks to its active participation in combat.
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.