Exegesis OF MEDIEVAL HISTORY SOURCES
cod. 1006775

Academic year 2018/19
2° year of course - Second semester
Professor
GENTILE Marco
Academic discipline
Storia medievale (M-STO/01)
Field
Attività formative affini o integrative
Type of training activity
Related/supplementary
30 hours
of face-to-face activities
6 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit
in ITALIAN

Learning objectives

It is expected that students will be capable to apply the basic knowledge of medieval history, already obtained through the general course of medieval history, to the understanding of the sources that allow historical reconstruction. At the end of the course it is expected that the student will be able to read archival documents and critically evaluate the information provided by the sources.
Knowledge and understanding:
The students will develop knowledge and understanding in the field of medieval studies by reading original documents and scientific essays on the sources. The skills previously will be strengthened and expanded, with the consequent development of critical analysis skills.
Applying knowledge and understanding:
the students will be able to face the reading of original documents, an indispensable competence for any scientifically based research, and preparatory to the drafting of a thesis in history.
Making judgments:
students will develop data collection and interpretation skills
useful to make independent judgments in the field of medieval studies.
They will be able to integrate knowledge, manage complexity and
making judgments based on limited or incomplete information.
Communication skills:
students will be able to communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to specialist and non-specialist interlocutors. They will be able to formulate clear conclusions supported by knowledge. They will also be able to explain the rationale behind their conclusions.
Learning skills:
students will develop the ability to recognize the most common scribal abbreviations and to decode documents written in unfamiliar languages, such as Italian fifteenth-century vernacular and Latin, both indispensable to start carry out an autonomous research in the historical field.

Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of medieval history.
An elementary knowledge of Latin is welcome.

Course unit content

The course will provide the students with information and methods for studying the sources of medieval history. A specific source – the petitions – will then be further investigated. The approach will be empirical, with reading and analysis of original unpublished documents.

Full programme

ESEGESI DELLE FONTI
A. The students of of Exegesis (Course in Humanities) will study the texts read and explained during the classes and uploaded on the e-learning platform Elly (https://elly.dusic.unipr.it/2018/course/index.php?categoryid=29)
B. They will also study the following texts
- G. Corazzol, «Tradurre» dal veneto antico all’italiano moderno. Lettera al direttore di un contribuente perplesso, Feltre 2008, disponibile online all’url https://storiamestre.it/2005-2009/cittainvisibile/pdf/gc2.pdf
- N. Covini, La trattazione delle suppliche nella cancelleria sforzesca: da Francesco Sforza a Ludovico il Moro, in Suppliche e gravamina. Politica, amministrazione, giustizia in Europa (secoli XIV-XVIII), a cura di C. Nubola e A. Würgler, Bologna 2002, pp. 107-146
- N. Covini, Pétitions et suppliques pendant la domination des Visconti et des Sforza au XVe siècle: exception, dérogation et formes simplifiées de justice, in «L’Atelier du Centre de recherches historiques» [En ligne], 13 (2015), mis en ligne le 07 juillet 2015, disponibile online all’url https://journals.openedition.org/acrh/6548
- M. Della Misericordia, «Per non privarci de nostre raxone, li siamo stati desobidienti». Patto, giustizia e resistenza nella cultura politica delle comunità alpine nello stato di Milano (XV secolo), in Forme della comunicazione politica in Europa nei secoli XV -XVIII. Suppliche, gravamina, lettere, a cura di C. Nubola e A. Würgler Bologna 2004, pp. 147-215, disponibile online all’url http://www.rmoa.unina.it/769/


STORIA MEDIEVALE

The students of Medieval history (Course in Artistic and Performing Art Heritage) will thoroughly study the reference book
- A. Zorzi, Manuale di Storia medievale, UTET, Torino 2016

The students will also have to choose between the following options:
1. The study of the texts readand commented during the classes and uploaded on thee-learning platform Elly (https://elly.dusic.unipr.it/2018/course/index.php?categoryid=29)
2. The study of G. Milani, L’uomo con la borsa al collo. Genealogia e uso di un’immagine medievale, Viella, Roma 2017

Bibliography

- G. Corazzol, «Tradurre» dal veneto antico all’italiano moderno. Lettera al direttore di un contribuente perplesso, Feltre 2008, disponibile online all’url https://storiamestre.it/2005-2009/cittainvisibile/pdf/gc2.pdf
- N. Covini, La trattazione delle suppliche nella cancelleria sforzesca: da Francesco Sforza a Ludovico il Moro, in Suppliche e gravamina. Politica, amministrazione, giustizia in Europa (secoli XIV-XVIII), a cura di C. Nubola e A. Würgler, Bologna 2002, pp. 107-146
- N. Covini, Pétitions et suppliques pendant la domination des Visconti et des Sforza au XVe siècle: exception, dérogation et formes simplifiées de justice, in «L’Atelier du Centre de recherches historiques» [En ligne], 13 (2015), mis en ligne le 07 juillet 2015, disponibile online all’url https://journals.openedition.org/acrh/6548
- M. Della Misericordia, «Per non privarci de nostre raxone, li siamo stati desobidienti». Patto, giustizia e resistenza nella cultura politica delle comunità alpine nello stato di Milano (XV secolo), in Forme della comunicazione politica in Europa nei secoli XV -XVIII. Suppliche, gravamina, lettere, a cura di C. Nubola e A. Würgler Bologna 2004, pp. 147-215, disponibile online all’url http://www.rmoa.unina.it/769/

Teaching methods

Lectures and reading comprehension practice. The documents analysed during the classes and their transcriptions will be made available on the e-learning website Elly.

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.
A fail is determined by the lack of an understanding of the minimum
content of the course, the inability to express oneself adequately, by a
lack of autonomous preparation, the inability to solve problems related to
information retrieval and the decoding of complex texts, as well as an
inability to make independent judgments. A pass (18-23/30) is
determined by the student’s possession of the minimum, fundamental
contents of the course, an adequate level of autonomous preparation
and ability to solve problems related to information retrieval and the
decoding of complex texts, as well as an acceptable level of ability in
making independent judgments. Middle-range scores (24-27/30) are
assigned to the student who produces evidence of a more than sufficient
level (24-25/30) or good level (26-27/30) in the evaluation indicators
listed above. Higher scores (from 28/30 to 30/30 cum laude) are awarded
on the basis of the student’s demonstration of a very good or excellent
level in the evaluation indicators listed above.

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