cod. 1004264

Academic year 2015/16
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 social structures and dynamics.

During the course, the students learn to:

know the scientific literature on the seven deadly sins in the 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

The seven deadly sins in medieval culture and iconography. ured as a seminar. The course deals with one of the most typical medieval moral themes, starting with its monastic origins. During the classes the broad concepts of vice, sin and virtue will be analyzed, as well as each vice in particular (pride, envy, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, lust), paying particular attention to the literary and the iconographic sources. 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 ALEF department, and in hard copy at the office of the above mentioned department.

Full programme

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- C. Casagrande e S. Vecchio, I sette vizi capitali. Storia dei peccati nel medioevo, Torino 2000
- J. Baschet, Les justices de l'au-delà : Les représentations de l'enfer en France et en Italie (XIIe-XVe siècle), Roma 2014 (seconda edizione)

Teaching methods


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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