Teaching workshop

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The objective of the laboratory is twofold: on the one hand, to guide the student to identify a research topic in Economic History and to elaborate in written form the results; on the other hand, provide the primary basics concerning the tools (methodological, bibliographic and archival) necessary to carry out research, with the autonomous production of an index and a bibliography.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the workshop, the student will have acquired the knowledge of the main research tools and types of sources for economic history. They will be able to navigate the editing of the document, which is at least unpublished, in addition to writing a bibliography, an index and, possibly, the first chapter of a research paper conducted under the guidance of the lecturer. Finally, they will then be able to use the language tools (language properties, correct specific lexicon) to express in written form, clearly and effectively, the results of the research.
These skills will be acquired through a direct and ongoing meeting with the instructor in the classroom; The discussion around the proposed sources will provide additional time of critical reflection and methodological learning as well as bibliographic acquisition. Individual work will also be of great importance, with reports assigned by the instructor and then discussed collectively.
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 to strengthen their knowledge, and of course contact the instructor both by email and during the office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second semester
Lectures will be delivered partly live in class, with simultaneous streaming online, and partly remotely, according to a timetable that the teacher will publish in the Ariel page of the course.

In the Ariel page of the course, students will be able to find all the needed information about the links of the lectures and the changes to the programme and its related documents (bibliography etc) in case of lockdown. 

The means and criteria for participation in the live lectures, which will need booking through a specific app, will be indicated on the University website. 

Finally, in case it proves impossible to hold the exam face to face, the exam will take place remotely, in ways which will be communicated in the Ariel page of the course, at the end of course.
Course syllabus
1)How to define a research topic for a final work in Economic History.
2)Classroom work on research topics presented by students.
3)How to write an index.
4)Classroom work on the indexes presented by students.
5)How to make a bibliographic research (lecture held and organised by the Library of Historical Sciences).
6)Practical exercise on research with OPAC.
7)Primary sources, secondary sources, printed sources, bibliographic sources and footnotes.
8)Practical exercise on bibliography and notes.
9)How to organise a scientific essay.
10)Presentation (written and oral) of a short scientific essay (hypothetically introduction of the final thesis in Economic History).

The research topics concern Economic History in all its aspects, with particular attention to the different historiographical traditions.
From the very first lesson, students will be asked to independently elaborate, present and discuss a research topic of modern or contemporary Economic History, starting from personal intuitions or from the themes presented in Prof. Maifreda's lectures.
This research topic will be discussed and defined within the Workshop and will be developed by the student in a final essay, which will be corrected and assessed by the teacher, and will be the basis and reference for the writing of a thesis in Economic History.
The Workshop will be organised in theoretical lessons (which will provide the methodological basis), and practical lessons, in which students will practice the writing of a part of the text with the help of the teacher
Prerequisites for admission
The Workshop is addressed to students of all the courses of the Bachelor's Degree in History, up to a maximum of 25 participants.
Students at the time of enrolment must have already attended the course of Economic History held by Prof. Germano Maifreda.
Preference will be given to students who have already passed the Economic History exam and who also have a concrete intention to write their final dissertation in Economic History in the year 2021.
Interested students will be able to enrol following the procedures indicated in the Ariel page of the course.
If more than 25 students enrol in the Workshop, the last selection criterion will be the chronological order of enrolment.
Teaching methods
The course includes a series of 5 theoretical lectures that will be delivered entirely online, alternating with 5 practical lessons with a highly interactive character that, if the conditions of this particular historical moment will allow it, will take place in presence, in classrooms indicated in time in the Ariel page of the course.
Students will in any case be required to offer active participation with both classroom work and homework. Those who, at the teacher's discretion, are not actively participating in the lessons, both practical and theoretical, will not be guaranteed the possibility to carry out the final thesis in Economic History.
Teaching Resources
English-only readers should contact the teacher at his email address, in order to discuss directly with him an alternative bibliography.
Assessment methods and Criteria
The passing of the Workshop is subordinate:
- to the attendance of 80% of the lessons
- to the presentation of a final essay (about 2000 words) that the student will have to discuss in class during the last lesson.
Both, the attendance of the lessons and the active participation in the classroom work, as well as the writing of a good quality essay are indispensable requirements in order to obtain the 3 CFU.
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours
Professor: Brunazzi Gianmaria