Public History LM – 2023-2024

Teachers: Prof. Tommaso Caliò, Prof. Chiara Lucrezio Monticelli
CFU: 6
Course code: 804002594
Degree: Master’s Degree “Scienze della Storia e del documento”
Course delivery modalities: In-presence
Language: Italian
Pre-requisites: Knowledge of the main topics of Modern History
Attendance: Optional
Assessment method: Oral exam
Period: 2nd term
Starting date: 3 Avril 2024
Class hours
Wednesday, 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., Aula Roma
Thursday, 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m., Aula Roma
Friday, 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m., Aula Roma
The course aims to provide a training for future “public historians” through lectures, seminars and workshops, basic notions and tools related to the communication of history in different fields other than those traditionally assigned to teaching this discipline. The first part of the course will be devoted to focus on the discipline of “Public history”, its genesis, its multiple developments, its interdisciplinary approach, its various applications in Italy and at international level. In the second part of the course some examples of public history of particular relevance will be dealt with which can bring out critical and methodological reflections on the most effective ways of a correct dissemination of the History by avoiding any risks related to an instrumental use or a trivialization of the discipline. The third part of the course will be dedicated to the creation of a dissemination product as a podcast.
Text books:
1. P. Bertella Farnetti, L. Bertucelli, A. Botti (a cura di), Public History. Discussioni e pratiche, Udine-Milano, Mimesis, 2017.A selection of essays will be provided during the lessons.
Students not attending the courses are requested to contact the professors as soon as possible .
Educational Goals and Expected Learning Outcomes:
A) Learning outcomes: knowledge of the main concepts related to the Public History field of research. The students must improve their skills to examine the main debates and conceptual and practical tools even in the perspective of the elaboration of a podcast.
B) Knowledge and understanding: thanks to methodology applied in the field of Public History, students will acquire the conceptual tools to apply their skills in the study of other historical topics and themes.
C) Applying knowledge and understanding: through the methodology proposed in the analysis of public history, the student will acquire the conceptual tools to apply the skills acquired to other historical topics..
D) Making judgements: the module aims at providing a critical knowledge of selected topics in order to develop the judgment on the implications in the connected social, scientific and ethic issues.
E) Communication skills: thanks to exercises and in-class presentations, students will improve communication skills in order to report correctly, rigorously and effectively information, ideas, problems and solutions.
F) Learning skills: the module will provide tools for critical study of textbooks by stimulating also the elaboration of hypothesis and research of solution through sources and historiography.
Methods and criteria for verifying the learning:
The evaluation will take place through an interview on textbooks and on the skills to develop connections between different topics. Participation to in-class discussions and exercises will also be take into account for attending students, with regard to the making of a podcast.
Teaching methods:
The course will combine more traditional lectures with in-depth seminars, to which scholars specialising in public history issues will be invited, and pedagogical workshops.
Attendance modalities:
Attendance, which is optional, is strongly recommended.