81749 - History of Women and Gender in the Medieval Period (1)

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Gender equality Reduced inequalities

Academic Year 2022/2023

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students will know and apply the methods of gender studies and be able to recognise them in medieval historiography. In this light they will analyse narrative sources, legislation, treatises, literature and iconography. They will be able to write a little paper, collecting, selecting, organizing and logically outlining documentary data and information so as to formulate independent conclusions and opinions. They will interpret the products of historical communication with a critical eye and be able to personlize their own learning path in an organized, independent way, displaying self-criticism and interpersonal relating skills.

Course contents

Through the analysis of normative and documentary sources, the course, conducted mainly in seminar form, proposes to address the problem of women's economic capacity between the early and late Middle Ages.

The use of the conceptual tools of gender history will make it possible to identify the forms that the construction of the social identity of individuals, both male and female, took in that specific historical context.


Attending students will work on the course materials (sources, images, powerpoints and readings) that will be made available on the University's teaching platform.

Non-attending students will have to study:

l patrimonio delle regine: beni del fisco e politica regia fra IX e X secolo, [http://www.rmojs.unina.it/index.php/rm/article/view/4788], a cura di T. Lazzari, RM Rivista, 13, 2/2012, disponibile on-line.

Le ricchezze delle donne. Diritti patrimoniali e poteri familiari in Italia (XIII-XIX sec.), a cura di Giulia Calvi e Isabelle Chabot, Torino, Rosenberg & Sellier, 1998, disponibile anche in formato digitale.

Teaching methods

After a few lectures introducing the topic, students will be involved in reading and presenting specialised scientific essays and analysing selected unpublished sources.

Assessment methods

Attending students will prepare a paper of approximately 10 pages (20,000 characters, including spaces) outlining the results of individual or group work set during the lectures.

The paper must be submitted in digital format (Word, Openoffice, pdf) at least 5 days before the date of the call for papers.

Non-attending students will take an oral test to check their learning and understanding of the books on the syllabus.

Evaluation criteria

In the evaluation of both the thesis (frequenting students) and the oral test (non-attending students), account will be taken of the student's ability to find their way around the sources and bibliographical material proposed, to illustrate themes and problems and to be able to link them together.

The following will therefore be assessed:
- The mastery of the contents
- The ability to synthesise and analyse themes and concepts
- The ability to express oneself in language appropriate to the subject matter

The student's attainment of an organic vision of the themes addressed in the lessons together with their critical use, a good mastery of expression and specific language will be assessed with marks of excellence.

A mnemonic knowledge of the subject, together with synthesis and analysis skills articulated in a correct but not always appropriate language, will lead to fair marks.

Formative deficiencies and/or inappropriate language - albeit in the context of minimal knowledge of the examination material - will lead to grades that do not exceed sufficiency.

Formative deficiencies, inappropriate language, lack of orientation within the bibliographical materials offered during the course will lead to negative marks.

Teaching tools

"Virtuale", the University's repository of teaching materials, will be used for the distribution of teaching materials: power points summarising lecture content, pdf files of sources and further reading

Office hours

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