27276 - Laboratory (1) (Mod.)

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Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop students will be able to plan a research path, collecting, selecting and organizing data and documentary information thanks to the specific tools acquired during the course unit; they will be able to analyse documentary, material and iconographic sources in a critical light and from a diachronic perspective. They will able to write a short text without assistance. They will have learned to be methodologically rigorous and precise. Attuned to group work, they will have learned judgment on a professional, human and ethical plane.

Course contents


The workshop consists of a first part, which is common to all the students, focused on the examination of the bibliographic tools of general interest - also in their digital version – useful for the preparation of a degree thesis in historical disciplines (12 hours).


Ist group: 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25 ottobre 2022 ore 13-15

IInd group: 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 febbraio 2023 ore 13-15



The second part of the workshop provides specific lessons on the four chronological areas which characterize the degree course in History (18 hours).

The activities related to the Early Modern Age aim to illustrate the main sources, in order to provide students the tools and skills needed to prepare the final thesis.

For this purpose, the first part of the workshop will be dedicated to the analysis of the different kind of sources – together with the reading of some examples taken from the standard critical editions and, if possible, the direct reading of manuscripts -, and will also aim to identify the main interpretative keys. Secondly, students will be accompanied in the critical reading of a small nucleus of sources related to a specific study case. 

It is necessary to register for both parts by sending an e-mail to mariapia.casalena@unibo.it while places last (25 for the second part).


  • Nel laboratorio della storia. Una guida alle fonti dell'età moderna, a cura di Maria Pia Paoli, Roma, Carocci, 2013
  • materials provided during the course

Teaching methods

During lessons, students will be invited to actively participate to the reading and analysis of the texts. 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 10-15 pages long (about 30000 words).

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 Maria Teresa Guerrini