TEACHING OF ANCIENT HISTORY (PREFIT - AREA D)
Learning outcomes of the course unit
With reference to the D.M. 616/2017 all. B (A-11, A-12, A-13, A-22), the course will be addressed to the critical analysis of the main methodologies related to the teaching of Ancient History and Geography (role of the teacher; conceptual, epistemological and didactic topics; development of semiotic abilities; increase of expressive and cognitive potentials); to the design and development of teaching activities (principles and methodologies for the construction of the related curriculum) and the educational workshop of Ancient History and Geography (organization and methodological techniques; use of historical and historiographical sources; use and interpretation of geographical and thematic maps); to the study of teaching and learning processes in the related fields of Ancient History and Geography, with particular regard to the potential and criticality of the technological tools, to the specific role of the teacher, to the main conceptual, epistemological and didactic topics.
Basic knowledge of Greek and Roman history.
Course contents summary
The contents of the Didactics of Ancient History course (PREFIT) - 6 CFU [COD. 1006453] are in conformity with D.M. 616 - 10.07.2017, Annex B.
1) A. MOMIGLIANO, Le regole del giuoco nello studio della storia antica, in: «Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa», s. III, vol. 4, 1974, pp. 1183-1192 (available also on the Elly platform);
2) M. CLAUSS, Introduzione alla storia antica, Torino, Einaudi, 2002;
3) L. CANFORA - A. CORCELLA, La letteratura politica e la storiografia, in: G. Cambiano, L. Canfora, D. Lanza (dirr.), Lo spazio letterario della Grecia antica, vol. I, tomo I, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 1992, pp. 433-471 (available also on the Elly platform);
4) D. MUSTI, Il pensiero storico romano, in: G. Cavallo, P. Fedeli, A. Giardina (dirr.), Lo spazio letterario di Roma antica, vol. I, Roma, Salerno Editrice, 1989, pp. 177-240 (available also on the Elly platform).
→ ONLY students who cannot attend lessons will also add the following volume:
5) M. BLOCH, Apologia della storia o Mestiere di storico, rist. Torino, Einaudi, 2009 (or other edition).
Classes and seminars. Starting from the academic year 2018-19, the contents of the Didactics of Ancient History course (PREFIT) - 6 CFU [COD. 1006453] will be delivered also in blended mode and will be available on the Elly platform of the DUSIC Department.
Assessment methods and criteria
Assessment will take place during the final exam, consisting of an oral test on the different parts of the program. The aims of the exam are: 1) to assess basic university level knowledge of developments in Greek and Roman history, useful for teaching the subject in schools, on the basis of the textbook (M. Clauss, Introduzione alla storia antica, Torino, Einaudi, 2002) and more detailed information available on the Elly platform; 2) to evaluate the clarity of exposition, the mastery of required language, and appropriacy of candidate answers.
A fail mark is awarded for 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, and / or an inability to make independent judgments. A pass mark (18-23/30) is awarded to students demonstrating knowledge 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.
A written test based on the textbook (M. Clauss, Introduzione alla storia antica, Torino, Einaudi, 2002) may be also used in order to evaluate the level of knowledge of Greek and Roman history. This 60 minute test will consist of 60 questions (20 True / False, 20 completion questions, 20 Multiple Choice Questions). Answers will be assessed as follows: a) correct answer = 0.5 points; b) wrong answer or null = 0 points. The pass mark is obtained by answering correctly 36 questions. This test will count for 50% of overall assessment of the exam, to be completed at the oral.