The course aims to provide students with basic knowledge of the main issues and events related to medieval Europe. 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.), together with basic elements of historical geography.
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, economic and ecclesiastical organization of the medieval period, and to place each element in time and space
- Communicate and discuss the concepts learned during the course, with particular attention to the accurate use of language, concepts and categories, and the appropriate use of the specific vocabulary of the historical discipline
- Develop the practice of 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, to any social and political phenomenon and to any artistic and cultural form of expression
- Collect further information on the topics discussed using the available bibliography (both printed and digital texts), developing the capacity for independent judgment and a critical attitude towards the sources; to distinguish between scientific texts, popular historical literature and unverifiable information