The course aims to provide students with the basic knowledge of the main issues and events related to medieval Europe, with particular reference to the period between the fifth and the fifteenth century, It also aims to provide insights on specific issues and to define some of the fundamental concepts of medieval history (such as fief, vassal, heresy, knighthood, ecclesiastical benefice, etc..).
During the course, the student learns to
- Understand the key facts and figures, as well as the most important political and ecclesiastical institutions, the most significant forms of social, economical and ecclesiastical organization of the medieval period, and to place each element in time and space properly
- Collect further information on the topics discussed using the avilable bibliography (both printed and digital texts), developing capacity for independent judgment and a critical attitude towards the sources; to distinguish, in particular through the study of a monograph, between scientifical texts, popular historical literature and unverifiable information
- Communicate and discuss the concepts learned during the course, paying extra care to the accurate use of language, of the concepts and of the categories, and to handle the specific vocabulary of the historical discipline
- Get used to considering the political, institutional, social and economic relations and the ideologies not as a natural given, but as the result of changes that have taken place in specific contexts, and to apply the notion of context to the analysis of a text, and more generally of any social and political phenomenon and to any artistic and cultural form of expression