cod. 1007444

Academic year 2017/18
1° year of course - Second semester
Academic discipline
Storia medievale (M-STO/01)
Discipline storiche, filosofiche, antropologiche e sociologiche
Type of training activity
36 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to contextualize and relativize universal problems such as poverty, crime, and migration.


Appropriate knowledge of medieval history. In case the student does not feel secure about his / her previous studies, he / she is invited to add to the texts in program the following manual: Manuale di storia medievale di Andrea Zorzi, Torino: Utet 2016.

Course unit content

The course will develop the theme of social marginality in the Middle Ages. Through the analysis of specific categories of people, such as migrants, criminals, poors, during the course will come to light the material conditions of existence of a great part of the medieval population and the cultural and political answers of the society of time to these phenomena.

Full programme

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G. Albini, Poveri e povertà nel medioevo, Roma: Carocci 2016;
E. Orlando, Migrazioni mediterranee. Migranti, minoranze e matrimoni a Venezia nel basso medioevo, Bologna: Il Mulino 2014;
M. Gazzini, Storie di vita e di malavita. Criminali, poveri e altri miserabili nelle carceri di Milano alla fine del medioevo, [e-book in print on "Reti Medievali" < >]

Teaching methods

In classroom: lectures combined with guided practical exercises on sources, edited and unpublished. At home: studying the lessons learned and the recommended texts in the program.

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of the student’s learning involves a final exam, which will be held during an oral exam, with a scale of 0 to 30, in which the student will have to prove that he/she has acquired the tools of analysis and understanding of a historical phenomenon. Students should also demonstrate that they know how to use the terms of the specialized language of the discipline.

Other information

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