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.
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.
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.
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.