27276 - Laboratory (1) (Cont.)

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop students will able to formulate a research path by collecting, selecting and organizing data and document information thanks to the specific tools acquired during the learning activity; they will be able to analyse in critical way documentary, material, iconographic sources in a diachronic perspective. They will able to write a short text autonomously. They will have achieved methodological rigour, and they will be accurate and precise.

Course contents

In the first part of the Laboratory, common to all the students of the degree corurse in History, will be examined the bibliographic tools of general interest, also in their digital versions, useful for the preparation of a thesis in the historical disciplines, for a total of 12 hours.

The first part of the course is organized through scheduled classes by Subscription. The periods are the following:

AULA MORANDI
Wednesday 16,23,30 October h. 1-3 pm
Friday 11,18,25 October h. 1-3 pm
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Wednesday 13,20,27 November h. 1-3 pm
Friday 15,22,29 November h. 1-3 pm

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Monday 10,17,24 February 2020 h. 1-3 pm
Tuesday 11,18,25 February 2020 h. 1-3 pm

The second part of the activity of the Laboratory includes specific lessons on the four chronological areas in which the degree course in History is divided, for a total of 18 hours.

LESSON HOURS: 23 March - 1 April Mon/Tue/Wed h. 2-5 pm

Regarding the lectures on the area of the Modern and Contemporary History, we will cover the following issues:

  1. The nature of a first cycle dissertation on the Ancient World and the choice of the subject (about 1 hour).
  2. The specific reference tools: reference works, study guides, specialized encyclopedias (about 1 hours).
  3. Specific tools for the research of modern bibliography (about 3 hours)
  4. The creation of a bibliographic archive (about 1 hour).
  5. The retrieval of the sources (about 4 hours).
  6. Analysis of the bibliography (about 2 hour).
  7. Analysis of evidence (about 2 hours).
  8. Writing the dissertation (about 4 hours).

The lessons will be complemented by an activity by the students, in small groups of 2-4 people too, in which they will be required to use the tools and methods described in the lessons, in constant contact with the teache and the tutor of the course. This practical exercise will be aimed at writing a short essay (15,000 – 30,000 characters) on a theme concerning Modern and Contemporary History, which must be delivered to the teacher at least one week before the examination.

ATTENDANCE AT 25 HOURS AT LEAST IS MANDATORY IN ORDER TO OBTAIN THE FINAL EVALUATION

Readings/Bibliography

Students will rely mainly on the lecture notes and slides projected in the classroom, which will be available through the course website on the platform Insegnamenti on line (https://iol.unibo.it/).

A good general reference book for the preparation of a thesis: M. Centanni – C. Daniotti – A. Pedersoli, Istruzioni per scrivere una tesi, un paper, un saggio, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2004, also available at the Library of the Departiment of History Cultures and Civilization - Archeology section, under the signature VARIA 276; at the Library of the Department of Classical and Italian Philology, under the signature DID 0284; at the University Library, under the signature BIBL.PROF. 808.02 CEN.

Also useful: P. Italia, Scrivere all'Università, Firenze, Le Monnier, 2014, also available at the Library of the Department of Classical and Italian Philology, under the signature DID 0444 ESAMI; and the Library of Humanistic Disciplines, under the placement ESAMI OO00 09488.

Specific for the writing of an essay in the historical disciplines R. Marius - M.E. Page, A Short Guide to Writing about History, New York, Longman, 20024 or later edition.

Teaching methods

Lectures introducing to the specific tools and methods of research in Modern and Contemporary History. Activities by students, even in small groups of 2-4 people, in which they will be called to use the tools and methods described in the lectures, in constant contact with the teacher and the tutor of the course. This practice activity will be aimed at writing a short essay (15,000 – 30,000 characters) on a theme concerning Modern and Contemporary History.

Assessment methods

The assessment will take place in the form of an oral interview.

Starting from the results of short written essay (which must be delivered at least one week before the exam), the assessment will verify:

  1. A good mastery in the use of general tools for historical studies and specific tools for Modern and Contemporary History.

  2. A good command of the methods of research in Modern and Contemporary History.

  3. A good mastery of the means of written expression of a research in Modern and Contemporary History.

The possess of this knowledge and skills will lead to an assessment of suitability.

Teaching tools

In the lectures we will use PowerPoint slide shows, which will be published on the website of the course, on the platform Insegnamenti on line (https://iol.unibo.it/).

Office hours

See the website of Maria Pia Casalena