CIVILIZATION AND CULTURE OF THE MIDDLE AGES
Learning outcomes of the course unit
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 contents summary
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.
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" < 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In classroom: lectures combined with guided practical exercises on sources, edited and unpublished.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.