cod. 1004264

Academic year 2014/15
2° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Storia medievale (M-STO/01)
Istituzioni di filosofia
Type of training activity
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
course unit
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Learning objectives

The course aims to provide an introduction to the problem of the relation between ideology and social and political structures and dynamics. In general terms, the analysis of the specific case of violence in narrative sources implies a rethinking of our pre-comprehension of concepts such as order and disorder.

During the course, the students learn to:

know the recent scientific literature on conflict and violence in the late middle ages

Understand and analyze narrative texts characterized by stratified levels of meaning and complexity in terms of both formal and cultural/ideological elements

Research autonomously for further information on the covered topics using both printed and digital bibliography

Make informed judgements, based on an accurate decoding of the texts and on the understanding of the historical and cultural context in which they were conceived

Communicate and discuss contents, analysis and judgments using the appropriate registry and the specific language and terminology of the historical disciplines


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Course unit content

Violence and conflict in late medieval narrative sources

The course will be structured as a seminar. In the first part, through a series of introductory lectures, the teacher will outline some of the main issues and problems. In particular, judicial and extra-judicial ways of conflict and dispute settlement; the blood revenge; the concept of feud; the concept of faction in its multiple aspects; the problem of ritual; the peacemaking. In the second part of the course essays and documentary sources about the topic will be analyzed: in particular, a few chronicles from the fourteenth and the fifteenth century. The students are required to read and study individually essays and texts chosen from those presented in class, which will be duly indicated in the estende syllabus. The extended syllabus will be drawn up by the teacher at the end of the course and made available both on the website of the Historical area of the Department of Letters, Arts, History and Society, and in hard copy at the office of the area itself.

Full programme

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- M. Gentile, Fazioni al governo. Politica e società a PArma nel Quattrocento, Viella, Roma 2009

- Further references will be provided during the course and will be indicated in the extended syllabus

Teaching methods

During the initial lectures, the teacher will introduce the historiography and the main elements of the historical and cultural context, and will outline the profiles of authors and texts which are more relevant to the general topic of the course. In the second part of the course , the students will autonomously read and analyze essays and texts provided by the teacher, which will be commented on and discussed in class.

Assessment methods and criteria

The knowledge and skills acquired during the course will be assessed through an oral examination in Italian. The knowledge and skills verified by the examination are:

The successful acquisition of the appropriate register and the specific language of historical studies;
an adequate ability to study independently, to process information learned during the course;
the attitude to propose individual insights beyond the topics covered in the course
the ability to deal with problems related to information retrieval and interpretation of complex texts, the ability to make independent judgments.

In order to verify the achievement of such knowledge and skills, oral test questions are designed to assess the knowledge acquired during the course, the ability of independent and original processing of such knowledge, and the ability to apply the acquired skills to the analysis of a wide spectrum of sources and texts.

Failure is determined by lack of knowledge and understanding of the basic contents of the course, by the inability of the student to express himself/herself in correct Italian, by the lack of self-preparation and the inability to solve problems related to information retrieval and decoding of complex texts, as well as the inability to make independent judgment.Sufficient evaluation (18-23/30) is determined by the demonstration by the students to have learned the basic contents of the course, the ability to express themselves in correct Italian and to use the appropriate register and specific terminology of the discipline; by an adequate level of self-preparation, by the ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and to the interpretation of complex texts, as well as the ability to make independent judgment. The medium scores (24-27/30) are awarded to the student who produces evidence of a level more than sufficient (24-25/30) or good (26-27/30) of the evaluation indicators listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded to the students who show to have reached a very good or excellent level in the evaluation indicators listed above.

Other information

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