Teaching workshop

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The workshop aims to illustrate the conduct of research on the medieval communal age; it aims to provide the tools (methodological, bibliographic and archival) to conduct a historic study and to produce a short essay that exhibits the results of the research.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the workshop the student will have acquired the basic tools to conduct a research project on medieval history, with particular reference to the medieval communal age. They will have acquired the primary elements necessary to retrieve the bibliography, using the research tools available (online catalogues and repositories, dictionaries, databases), and the knowledge of the main types of municipal sources. They will be able to orient themselves within the documentary landscape and consult the published sources, in addition understanding the primary essentials concerning the unpublished documents. Finally, they will be able to write on the results of the research, adopting appropriate language tools and applying the proper editorial configurations for an essay.
These skills will be acquired first through the discussion with the instructor and the completion of activities in the classroom, with practical exercises on research tools and sources, and later through the individual construction of a short essay from the reading and inter-student discussion of essays and published sources.
Students unable to attend will be able to make use of the educational tools provided by the instructor on Ariel, investigate special readings proposed by the instructor, and contact the instructor by email.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Lectures will be delivered remotely, principally in synchronous format via Teams.
On the course page on Ariel, students will be able to find all the information on the lectures (link, timetable, etc.), any changes to the programme and its related documents (bibliography, etc.).
Course syllabus
Title of the course: How to write a history essay: an itinerary on the medieval communes
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is mandatory. Laboratory is delivered through lectures aimed at providing the student with the essential tools to carry out research in medieval history, with particular reference to the communal period:
- building a bibliography through the available research tools (catalogues and online repertories, dictionaries, databases);
- knowing the main types of communal sources: reading published records and finding the way through the unpublished;
- writing up research results by using specific language of the subject and editorial style of essays.
These skills will be first acquired through classes, by practicing on research tools and sources, and then through the individual drafting of a short paper, on the basis of reading and discussion of essays and published sources. Discussion with the teacher during lectures is integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the ability to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.
Laboratory is also based on didactic material provided on ARIEL.
Teaching Resources
Attending students:
- knowledge of the topics taught in lectures
- knowledge of the sources examined during lectures on the book La società urbana nell'Italia comunale (secoli XI-XIV), ed. by R. Bordone, Torino 1984
(available online: http://rm.univr.it/didattica/fonti/bordone/indice.htm)
- knowledge of one of the following essays (uploaded on ARIEL):
S. Diacciati, Consiglieri e consigli del Comune di Firenze nel Duecento. A proposito di alcune liste inedite, in «Annali di Storia di Firenze», III (2008), pp. 217-243;
R. Mucciarelli, Appunti sul controllo sociale nell'Italia comunale. Forme, tecniche e strumenti a Siena fra XIII e XIV secolo, in «Studi Storici», 56/2 (2015), pp. 325-48

Non-attending students:
- completing the programme with the book L. Tanzini, A consiglio. La vita politica nell'Italia dei comuni, Roma-Bari 2014

International and Erasmus students are invited to promptly get in touch with the lecturer in order to arrange a reading plan (available in English) for preparation.
Assessment methods and Criteria
- Method: evaluation at the end of the course
- Type of examination: in itinere assessment and at the end of the course, on the basis of attendance of lectures and writing of a short essay
- Evaluation criteria: ability to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; ability for critical reflection on the completed work; quality of expression, competence in the use of specialised lexicon, efficacy, clarity.
- Type of evaluation method: approval of 3 cfu
The format of the assesement for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the lecturer.
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours
Professor: Gravela Marta