27276 - Laboratory (1) (Med.)

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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

I Part (12 hours)

The workshop consists of a first part which is common to all students and focused on the examination of bibliographic tools of general interest, that will be also presented in the digital version. These tools will be useful for the preparation of a degree thesis in historical disciplines (total of 12 hours).

II Part (18 hours)

The second part of the workshop will consist of some specific lessons concerning the four chronological areas, which characterise the degree course in History (18 hours).

The activities relating to the Middle Ages will concern the main sources, in order to equip students with the tools and skills needed to draw up a final text.

For this purpose, the first group of lessons (10 hours) will be dedicated to the analysis of the different kind of sources – together with the reading of some examples taken from the main critical editions and, if possible, from the direct reading of manuscripts. The second group of lessons (8 hours) represents the more specific part of the training course and it is focused on a practical exercise. First of all, this activity includes a visit to the Archive of Bologna, during which the modalities and the access tools to the archival heritage will be illustrated to the students. Secondly, students will be guided in the critical reading of a small body of sources related to one specific study case.

First group of lessons of the II Part (10 hours)

On the basis of this training course, the group of lessons of the second part consists of 10 hours and concerns:

  • Dissertation in Medieval History; choice of the subject; historical sources and historiography; guide to using specific research tools
  • Introduction to the documentary historical sources: nature and main characteristics
  • Reading, dating and interpretation of documentary historical sources (the private document)
  • Reading, dating and interpretation of documentary historical sources (the public document)
  • Historical narrative sources and chronicles: nature and main characteristics
  • Material historical sources: nature and main characteristics

    Second group of lessons of the II Part (8 hours)

    The second group of lessons provides 8 hours, that will be organised in the following way:

  • The archive as a place of the historical research. The Archive of Bologna and its heritage
  • The archive as a place of the historical research. The Archive of Bologna: access and correct use of the tools to support the research
  • From theory to practice. First approaches to a specific case study: supply and marketplace in Bologna in the late Middle Ages. A path through the sources (1)
  • From theory to practice. First approaches to a specific case study: supply and marketplace in Bologna in the late Middle Ages. A path through the sources (2)

TIMETABLE

I PART (12 HOURS)

AULA MORANDI, San Giovanni in Monte
I turno
mercoledì 16,23,30 ottobre 2019 h. 13-15
venerdì 11,18,25 ottobre 2019 h. 13-15
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II turno
mercoledì 13,20,27 novembre 2019 h. 13-15
venerdì 15,22,29 novembre 2019 h. 13-15
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III turno
lunedì 10,17,24 febbraio 2020 h. 13-15
martedì 11,18,25 febbraio 2020 h. 13-15

II PART ( 18 HOURS)

MEDIEVAL AREA

Aula Torresani, San Giovanni in Monte

LUN/MAR/MER ORE 14-17 dal 23 marzo al 1 aprile 2020

Readings/Bibliography

  • F. Senatore, Medioevo istruzioni per l’uso, Milano 2008
  • Fonti medievali Un'antologia, by T. Di Carpegna Falconieri, A. Feniello, C. Grasso, Roma 2017
  • Materials provided during the course

Teaching methods

During lessons, students will be invited to actively participate to the reading and analysis of the texts. The first two lessons of the second part of the Workshop will take place at the State Archive of Bologna. For the last part of the Workshop, students will be divided into small groups (2/4 people), and under the guidance of the tutors and the supervision of the teacher, they will make a real research, thanks to the knowledge they acquired during the lessons of the first part of the Workshop and during the 12 hours related to bibliographic tools.

 

The frequency of 25 hours out of 30 is mandatory to obtain eligibility

Assessment methods

At the end of the Workshop, students will have to write, in collaboration with the other members of their group, a paper 15 pages long (about 30000 words), and they will have to create a Power Point presentation that will be shown to the teacher, the tutor and the other students in order to expose the research activity critically.

On the basis of the paper, the teacher will analyse:

  • the knowledge of the topics discussed during class
  • the mastery of the tools and of the specific research methods for the Medieval area

The possession of such knowledge and skills, and in general the active participation to the proposed activities, will lead to an evaluation of eligibility.

Teaching tools

On the Workshop website will be provided the reproductions, transcriptions or the critical editions of the sources analysed during lessons.

Office hours

See the website of Francesca Pucci Donati