Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS) in History and Oriental Studies

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS)
Academic Year 2015/2016
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 8845
Course class LM-84 - History
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Mode of study Convenzionale
Admission typology Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Type Only few courses provide joint degree
Inter-University programme UNIVERSITE’ LUMIERE LYON 2 , UNIVERSITAT BIELEFELD , UNIVERSITÉ PARIS DIDEROT - PARIS 7 , UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Type Course with one or more international curricula
Programme Director Nicoletta Celli
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian,English

Programme profile

The curricula of this 2nd cycle degree programme produce historians with complete knowledge of the epistemological foundations of historical research, a solid command of historical method and general knowledge of world history from its origins to modern times. Graduates will have specialised knowledge of a general and European historic period (ancient world, the Middle Ages, modern or contemporary), or in the history of culturally defined areas of Asia and Africa.

The programme curricula are suitably designed to respond to these specialisations.

The course units allow students to acquire a specialist level of knowledge, the methods and practices of historical studies, allowing them to critically use the sources and historiography of their specific era of study.

The programme also provides a full command of reading, analysis and heuristic methods of different types of literary, documentary, archive, iconographic and monumental materials, also using the most recent technological applications, and an appropriate knowledge of investigation techniques performed on original sources, both individually and as part of their overall context. For the relative curricula, this also implies the study of at least one Eastern language to various levels, understood as a key to understanding the cultural world which is object of study. The competences acquired respond to the professional demands of historians wishing to specialise as curators, archivists and librarians.

The programme focuses particularly on the history of cultures and religions, territorial history and anthropology. The course units in these areas, associated to those in general and European history, political history and economic history, allow students to acquire perspectives, investigation methods and contents (e.g. social and economic history, anthropology and political history, history of the institutions, historical and anthropological studies of religions and artistic works, intellectual history and the history of ideas) which are indispensable for both interdisciplinary research and vocational training in the fields of communication, teaching and scientific dissemination.

Computer and remote computing skills are acquired in the course units on: Sources, methodologies, techniques and instruments of historical research.

Expected learning outcomes

The curricula of this 2nd cycle degree programme produce historians with complete knowledge of the epistemological foundations of historical research, a solid command of historical method and general knowledge of world history from its origins to modern times. Graduates willhave specialised knowledge of a general and European historic period (ancientworld, the Middle Ages, modern or contemporary), or in the history ofculturally defined areas of Asia and Africa.

The programme curricula are suitably designed torespond to these specialisations.

The course units allow students to acquire aspecialist level of knowledge, the methods and practices of historical studies,allowing them to critically use the sources and historiography of their specific era of study.

The programme also provides a full command of reading,analysis and heuristic methods of different types of literary, documentary,archive, iconographic and monumental materials, also using the most recent technological applications, and an appropriate knowledge of investigation techniques performed on original sources, both individually and as part oftheir overall context. For the relative curricula, this also implies the studyof at least one Eastern language to various levels, understood as a key to understanding the cultural world which is object of study. The competences acquired respond to the professional demands of historians wishing tospecialise as curators, archivists and librarians.

The programme focuses particularly on the history ofcultures and religions, territorial history and anthropology. The course units in these areas, associated to those in general and European history, politicalhistory and economic history, allow students to acquire perspectives,investigation methods and contents (e.g. social and economic history,anthropology and political history, history of the institutions, historical and anthropological studies of religions and artistic works, intellectual historyand the history of ideas) which are indispensable for both interdisciplinary research and vocational training in the fields of communication, teaching and scientific dissemination.

Computer and remote computing skills are acquired inthe course units on: Sources, methodologies, techniques and instruments of historical research.

International mobility

The student mobility programmes promoted by the University of Bologna in collaboration with other Universities in the European Union, as well as a number of non-EU Universities, offer the opportunity to do a period of study or an internship abroad. Consult information on opportunities abroad

The University of Bologna provides students with scholarships either for a period of study abroad or to prepare their written paper for the final exam, or subsequently to develop work on the subject of their final paper with a view to publication.

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

Curator (historian, archivist, librarian, museum curator)

function in a professional context:

- Analyses, identifies and classifies documents (on various supports and formats, books etc.), artistic works, cultural findings and remains for their conservation and public usage;

- Studies, documents, researches, classifies and analyses original historical sources, collects and conserves information in various formats on traditions, archives, testimonials and different types of historical documentation;

- Identifies the sectors for the protection and development of methods and tools for the most appropriate conservation and usage of archives and museum artefacts;

- Produces technical documents (reports, projects, working documents, presentations) in line with the scientific standards of the discipline, also targeting specialist audiences in different sectors.

The above activities may require further specialisation in one of more professional fields.

competencies associated to the function:

- Specialist competencies and skills in social and humanistic fields;

- Ability to identify and classify sources (historical, iconographic, materials) in the field of specialisation;

- Ability to manage and enhance the historical, documentary and artistic heritage in the field of specialisation;

- Knowledge of at least one European language and possibly a non-European language.

career opportunities:

- Institutions working in the protection and enhancement of historical, documentary, cultural, environmental and artistic heritages (archives, superintendences, museums, etc.), also working with Western and Eastern cultures.

- Public and private bodies and NGOs performing historical research.

- Businesses and cooperatives providing consulting services for the study and usage of the historical memory and heritage.

- Private archives and museums belonging to foundations or large companies.

Editor and publisher

function in a professional context:

- In charge of editorial planning for drafting catalogues, illustrative texts and teaching and scientific publications for theatre, cinema, television and web productions in which the use of historical and cultural documentation is required;

- Drafts, prepares and reviews conventional and web-based editorial texts including Italian translations and editions of historical works, research and documents (texts, iconography, multimedia, historiographic literature, also in the original language) used by experts of other sectors;

- Drafts and produces editorial projects for the production of manuals and teaching materials and the production of scholastic texts and materials;

- Drafts texts for journalism and advertising purposes, including historical and political analyses and current affairs programmes for contemporary culture and society, also using the knowledge acquired on societies in the Western, Asian and African worlds.

competencies associated to the function:

- Command of the cultural, linguistic and methodological tools used to foster intercultural communication;

- Knowledge of the historical processes of specific cultural fields;

- Familiarity with theoretical and critical debate on the interpretation of specific cultures;

- Ability to organise, manage and plan, in line with the assigned levels of autonomy and responsibility;

- Knowledge of at least one European language and possibly a non-European language.

career opportunities:

- Publishers

- Radio and television broadcasters

- Producers of cultural programmes for radio and television

- Companies producing multimedia and web contents.

Cultural education worker and adviser

function in a professional context:

- Delivers education and training activities in historical and oriental studies for different audiences in archives, libraries and museums, etc.;

- Organises and manages events, exhibitions and performances;

- Delivers education and training activities in historical contexts of the Eastern and Western worlds for different audiences in archives, libraries and museums, etc.;

- Manages the educational facilities of these structures;

- Produces information materials and designs teaching programmes in collaboration with schools and produces historical contextualisation materials for the use of the cultural heritage.

competencies associated to the function:

- Specialist and specific competencies and skills in social and humanistic fields;

- Use of the communication tools required to teach and dialogue in the cultural field of specialisation;

- Knowledge of at least one European language and possibly a non-European language.

career opportunities:

- Public and private institutions and bodies and the tertiary sector;

- Cultural centres and associations;

- Foundations;

- Television, radio broadcasters and cinema institutions;

- Newspapers and magazines (conventional and web-based)

- Museums, archives and libraries (educational services).

Cultural expert

function in a professional context:

- Designs and drafts contents for cultural promotion activities to disseminate knowledge of the historical, cultural and linguistic problems of Western, Eastern and African civilisations;

- Organises, manages and coordinates services and projects in the field of reference (cultural sectors and cooperation/intercultural activities);

- Organises catalogues and documentary material archives on Western and Eastern civilisations, also of artistic and archaeological value;

- Manages catalogues and documentary material archives on various civilisations, also of artistic and archaeological value;

- Drafts specialist texts;

- Translates, comments and edits texts, also in the chosen languages.

competencies associated to the function:

- Specific historical and historic-cultural knowledge of the areas of specialisation;

- Use of the communication tools required to teach and dialogue in the cultural field of specialisation;

- Ability to apply specialist knowledge to different information sectors (advertising, cultural events, publishing, artistic exhibitions, intercultural associations);

- Knowledge of at least one European language and possibly a non-European language.

career opportunities:

- Cultural and economic international cooperation institutions and bodies, Italian culture institutes working abroad;

- Bodies and companies working in non-European countries;

- Specialist museums and libraries;

- Social sectors requiring experts in non-European cultures;

- Specialist publishing;

- Newspapers and magazines (conventional and web)

- Philological, historical and archaeological research.