Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course, the student is expected to become acquainted with the theoretical reflections and the documentation produced in the Middle Ages about the phenomena of social liminalism. The student is also expected to contextualize and relativize universal problems such as poverty, crime, migration, disability.
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 contents summary
The course aims to deepen the medieval combination between "infamy" and "extraneousness" by analyzing in particular the liminal experience of certain categories of people, such as migrants, infidels, poors, criminals.
G. Todeschini, Visibilmente crudeli. malviventi, persone sospette e gente qualunque dal medioevo all'età moderna, Bologna: Il Mulino 2007;
G. Albini, Poveri e povertà nel medioevo, Roma: Carocci 2016;
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" < www.retimedievali.it >]
In classroom: lectures combined with guided practical exercises on sources, edited and unpublished.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.