2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master in History and Oriental Studies

Degree programme

Programme type 2nd Cycle Degree/2 year Master
Academic Year 2018/2019
Code 8845
Degree Programme Class LM-84 - History
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Type of access Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Type One or more curricula provide double/multiple degree
Inter-University programme UNIVERSITE’ LUMIERE LYON 2 , UNIVERSITAT BIELEFELD , UNIVERSITÉ PARIS DIDEROT - PARIS 7 , UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI
Degree Programme Director Nicoletta Celli
Language Italian,English

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

Curricular requirements:

To be able to profitably complete the 2nd cycle degree programme in Historical and Oriental Sciences, students must have acquired:

- A strong general command of the categories, instruments and languages of historical subjects, and the ability to analyse and contextualise one or more categories of original documents and sources on a specific topic or chronological period of reference;

- Critical knowledge of ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary history, in order to tackle pertinent historiographical discussions;

- Ability to communicate orally and in writing, demonstrating the use of heuristics, reasoning and application of historiographical methods, on the main topics of the chronological period of reference; Strong and at least passive knowledge of a second European language other than Italian.

Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is subject to the possession of the following requirements (1) and the assessment of personal competencies and skills (2).

(1) The admission requirements are the following:

A) 1st cycle degree in one of the degree classes pursuant to D.M. 270/04 and D.M. 509/99, Italian Law 508/99 or a degree from a previous degree system or an equivalent qualification obtained abroad.

B) at least 30 CFU credits in one or more of the following subject areas:

L-ANT/02 - Greek History

L-ANT/03 - Roman History

L-OR/01 - History of the Ancient Near East

L-OR/02 - Egyptology and Coptic Civilisations

L-OR/03 - Assyriology

L-OR/04 - Anatolian Studies

L-OR/05 - Archaeology and History of Near Eastern Art

L-OR/06 - Phoenician and Punic Archaeology

L-OR/07- Semitistics / Ethiopian Languages and Literature

L-OR/08 - Hebrew

L-OR/09 - African Languages and Literature

L-OR/10 - History of Islamic Countries

L-OR/11 - Archaeology and History of Muslim Art

L-OR/12 - Arabic Language and Literature

L-OR/13-Armenistics, Caucasology, Mongolistics and Turkology

L-OR/14 - Iranian Philology, Religions and History

L-OR/15 - Persian Language and Literature

L-OR/16 - Archaeology and History of Indian and Central Asian Art

L-OR/17 - Indian and Central Asian Philosophy, Religions and History

L-OR/18 - Indology and Tibetology

L-OR/19 - Modern Languages and Literature of the Indian Subcontinent

L-OR/20 - Archaeology, Philosophy and History of East Asian Art

L-OR/21 - Chinese and South-East Asian Languages and Literature

L-OR/22 - Japanese and Korean Languages and Literature

L-OR/23 - East and South-East Asian History

M-STO/01 - Medieval History

M-STO/02 - Modern History

M-STO/04 - Contemporary History

M-STO/06 History of Religions.

M-STO/07 - History of Christianity and Churches

SPS/02 - History of Political Doctrine

SPS/03 - History of Political Institutions

SPS/06 - History of International Relations

SPS/13 - African History and Institutions

SPS/14 - Asian History and Institutions

Graduates not meeting the above-mentioned requirements for admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme shall be referred to a Board, which will firstly check the certificates submitted and decide whether or not the candidates can be admitted to a further interview to assess their personal competencies and skills.

The Board, appointed by the Degree Programme Board, will establish a calendar for assessment of the certificates and interviews, to be held between September and December, which will be published on the University Portal.

If the Board considers the level of the candidates' knowledge and skills to be satisfactory, they will be allowed to enrol in a test to assess their personal competencies and skills.

2) Graduates with a final degree score of at least 90/110 will automatically be deemed to have passed the assessment of personal competencies and skills.

Second Cycle Degree Programmes may include a specific session for international students, appointing a Board to assess personal competences and skills, compatibly with the schedule laid down in the call for applications for study grants (the deadline of which is indicatively in May).

International students who pass the above-mentioned entrance examination are exonerated from the successive assessment of their personal competencies and skills required for students generally.

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.

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.