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MEDIEVAL HISTORY I
STORIA MEDIEVALE I

A.Y. Credits
2019/2020 12
Lecturer Email Office hours for students
Tommaso Di Carpegna Gabrielli Falconieri After lessons (at palazzo Albani: mon. h. 16, tue h. 11 and 18) or by appointment (email for appointment)
Teaching in foreign languages
Course with optional materials in a foreign language English French
This course is entirely taught in Italian. Study materials can be provided in the foreign language and the final exam can be taken in the foreign language.

Assigned to the Degree Course

Humanities, Cultural Heritage Studies and Philosophy (L-10)
Curriculum: PERCORSO COMUNE
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Learning Objectives

This course is a general introduction to the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of the medieval millennium in Italy, Europe and the Mediterranean area. Taking this course should allow students to achieve a decent level of understanding of the principal cognitive tools involved (historical research methods, use and role of sources, historiography) and the fundamental themes that characterize the study of this period. Particular attention will be placed on the concept that history is not simply a consolidated description of facts to memorize, but rather a continuously evolving reflection on things that happened, even if a long time ago, which in reality still condition our present.

Program

This course presents diachronically some macro-themes of medieval history, for example: the passage from antiquity to the middle ages, Islam, empire, the Church, government institutions, environmental, social and demographic evolution, the city, the economy, the concept of the Middle ages, gender history. The course will also involve reading and comment on some medieval sources. The syllabus will be handed out during the first lessons and will be published online.

Learning Achievements (Dublin Descriptors)

Knowledge and understanding
Students should obtain knowledge and understanding of the primary historical processes that took place from the V to the XV centuries in Italy, Europe, and the Mediterranean, mastering the discipline to include a post-secondary level of understanding of the primary methods of historical research and its interdisciplinary dimensions.

Applying knowledge and understanding
Students must be able to apply their knowledge and understanding of historical processes so as to demonstrate a professional approach to their work - that is, the applicability of the study of medieval history to the contemporary world. The must also possess adequate skills in creating and sustaining arguments as well as in asking and possibly resolving questions in the field of medieval history.

Making judgements
Students must develop the ability to collect and interpret data provided during the course of the lessons, from bibliographic texts as well as from sources, so as to be able to make individual judgements about the political-institutional, socio-economic and cultural phenomena of the medieval period.

Communication skills
Students must develop effective communications skills so as to be able to communicate with both specialists and non-specialists about topics and events pertaining to medieval history - including areas of methodology, epistemology and communications that characterize the discipline of medieval history.

Learning skills
Students must develop learning skills necessary for undertaking self-directed further study in the area of medieval history.

Teaching Material

The teaching material prepared by the lecturer in addition to recommended textbooks (such as for instance slides, lecture notes, exercises, bibliography) and communications from the lecturer specific to the course can be found inside the Moodle platform › blended.uniurb.it

Supporting Activities

Power Point presentations; visits to conservation institutes; Blended Learning.


Didactics, Attendance, Course Books and Assessment

Didactics

Lectures; meetings with specialists. Meetings with the professor are advised for asking questions or requesting clarification.

Attendance

Attendance is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended. Frequency: at least 2/3 of the lessons.

Course books

a) A medieval history textbook.

  • Suggested book: F. Cardini, M. Montesano, Storia medievale, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2019

b) The following book and article:

  • T. di Carpegna Falconieri, A. Feniello, Ch. Grasso. Fonti medievali. Un'antologia, Roma, Carocci, 2017
  • T. di Carpegna Falconieri, Medioevo, quante storie! Fra divagazioni preziose e ragioni dell’esistenza, in Medioevo quante storie. V Settimana di Studi Medievali 130 anni di storie. Giornata conclusiva, Roma, 21-23 maggio 2013, a cura di Isa Lori Sanfilippo, Roma, Istituto storico italiano per il medio evo, 2014, pp. 109-137 (available online).

c) Student's choice from one of the following:

  • F. Bertini (a cura di), Medioevo al femminile [any edition]
  • M. Bloch, Les roys thaumaturges / The Royal Touch [any edition]
  • M. Bloch, Apologie pour l'histoireThe Historian's Craft [any edition]
  • T. di Carpegna Falconieri, The Militant Middle Ages, Amsterdam, Brill, 2019 (or the Italian, or the Spanish, or the French edition)
  • T. di Carpegna Falconieri, R. Facchini (ed. by), Medievalismi italiani (secoli XIX-XXI), Roma, Gangemi, 2018
  • T. di Carpegna Falconieri, Il se voyait déjà empereur. Cola di Rienzo. Un Romain au Moyen Age, Grenoble, UGA, 2019
  • P. Delogu, Introduzione alla storia medievale, Bologna, il Mulino, 2003
  • G. Duby, Le dimanche de Bouvines / The Legend of Bouvines [any edition]
  • A. Gurevic, Les catégories de la culture médiévale / Categories of Medieval Culture [any edition]
  • E.H Kantorowicz, Frédéric II / Frederick the Second [any edition]
  • L. Russo, I crociati in Terrasanta. Una nuova storia (1095-1291), Roma, Carocci, 2018
  • S. Tramontana, Il medioevo. Le fonti e i temi, Roma, Carocci, 2005
Assessment

Oral exam. This exam consists of some questions (usually three) about the texts and the topics discussed in class. The questions are general in nature and posed in the form of a conversation.

- They will give rise to evaluations from excellent to very good (30 cum laude-27): the student's possession of good critical and in-depth skills; the ability to connect the main topics dealt with in the course; the use of an appropriate language with respect to the specific nature of the discipline.

- They will give rise to evaluations from good to average (26-23): the student's possession of a mnemonic knowledge of the contents; a relative critical capacity and connection between the themes dealt with: the use of an appropriate language.

-  They will give rise to sufficient evaluations (22-18): the achievement of minimal knowledge on the subjects dealt with by the student, even if there are some training gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

- They will give rise to negative evaluations: difficulty of orientation of the student with respect to the topics dealt with in the exam texts; training gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

Additional Information for Non-Attending Students

Didactics

Individual study

Attendance

As well as the three books ant article that attending students must read, non-attending students (less than 2/3 of frequency) must also study the sources examined in class; they can find them on the the Blended Learning platform. The must write a term paper of 25,000 characters, with notes and bibliography, on a topic to be agreed upon with the professor. The paper should be sent to the professor by email at least one week before the exam.

Course books

a) A medieval history textbook.

  • Suggested book: F. Cardini, M. Montesano, Storia medievale, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2019

b) The following book and article:

  • T. di Carpegna Falconieri, A. Feniello, Ch. Grasso. Fonti medievali. Un'antologia, Roma, Carocci, 2017
  • T. di Carpegna Falconieri, Medioevo, quante storie! Fra divagazioni preziose e ragioni dell’esistenza, in Medioevo quante storie. V Settimana di Studi Medievali 130 anni di storie. Giornata conclusiva, Roma, 21-23 maggio 2013, a cura di Isa Lori Sanfilippo, Roma, Istituto storico italiano per il medio evo, 2014, pp. 109-137 (available online).

c) Student's choice from one of the following:

  • F. Bertini (a cura di), Medioevo al femminile [any edition]
  • M. Bloch, Les roys thaumaturges / The Royal Touch [any edition]
  • M. Bloch, Apologie pour l'histoireThe Historian's Craft [any edition]
  • T. di Carpegna Falconieri, The Militant Middle Ages, Amsterdam, Brill, 2019 (or the Italian, or the Spanish, or the French edition)
  • T. di Carpegna Falconieri, R. Facchini (ed. by), Medievalismi italiani (secoli XIX-XXI), Roma, Gangemi, 2018
  • T. di Carpegna Falconieri, Il se voyait déjà empereur. Cola di Rienzo. Un Romain au Moyen Age, Grenoble, UGA, 2019
  • P. Delogu, Introduzione alla storia medievale, Bologna, il Mulino, 2003
  • G. Duby, Le dimanche de Bouvines / The Legend of Bouvines [any edition]
  • A. Gurevic, Les catégories de la culture médiévale / Categories of Medieval Culture [any edition]
  • E.H Kantorowicz, Frédéric II / Frederick the Second [any edition]
  • L. Russo, I crociati in Terrasanta. Una nuova storia (1095-1291), Roma, Carocci, 2018
  • S. Tramontana, Il medioevo. Le fonti e i temi, Roma, Carocci, 2005
Assessment

Oral exam as for attending students, and evaluation of the term paper. This exam consists of some questions (usually three) about the texts and the topics discussed in class. The questions are general in nature and posed in the form of a conversation.

- They will give rise to evaluations from excellent to very good (30 cum laude-27): the student's possession of excellent- very good critical and in-depth skills; the ability to connect the topics dealt with in the course; the use of an appropriate language with respect to the specific nature of the discipline.

- They will give rise to evaluations from good to average (26-23): the student's possession of a mnemonic knowledge of the contents; a relative critical capacity and connection between the themes dealt with: the use of an appropriate language.

-  They will give rise to sufficient evaluations (22-18): the achievement of minimal knowledge on the subjects dealt with by the student, even if there are some training gaps; the use of inappropriate language.

- They will give rise to negative evaluations: difficulty of orientation of the student with respect to the topics dealt with in the exam texts; training gaps; the use of inappropriate language.
 

Notes

Professor's web page: www.tommasodicarpegna.it

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