Teaching workshop

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The objective of the workshop is twofold: on the one hand, it provides the primary basics about the tools (methodological and bibliographical) of the research conducted from a source indicated by the instructor, and on the other hand to teach the student how to process research result in the written form.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the workshop, the student will have acquired the knowledge of the main types of sources of ancient history and the main tools of research. 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 conducted under the guidance of the instructor.
These skills will be acquired through a direct and ongoing meeting with the teacher in the classroom. The discussion around the proposed sources will provide additional time of critical reflection and methodological learning. 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
Lessons will be delivered live according to the current regulations unless otherwise indicated due to the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2021. In this case, the lessons will take place remotely, synchronously, and through Teams. Lectures will be delivered according to a timetable that each lecturer will publish on the course page on Ariel.

On the course page on Ariel, students will be able to find all the information on the lectures and any changes to the programme and its related documents (bibliography etc.). 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 on the course page on Ariel at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
During the laboratory, students will examine sources and methodologies that are fundamental to the study of Ancient History. Classes aim to provide students with the first rudiments concerning the main (methodological and bibliographic) principles of historical research, especially in approaching different kinds of sources. The laboratory also intends to draw guidelines on how to process the outcomes of the research in a clear, critical, and effective written form.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Teaching methods
Attendance is mandatory. The laboratory/workshop is delivered through lectures aimed at providing the student with the fundamental tools to carry out research in Ancient History:

- finding and organising bibliography using the most important research tools (i.e. online catalogs and repertoires, sector-based dictionaries, databases);
- knowing and recognising the main kinds of sources used in the study of Ancient History: differences between primary and secondary sources, direct and indirect tradition;
- handling (methodological and bibliographical) tools which are commonly used in the study of Ancient History;
- processing in a (clear, critical, and efficient) written form the outcomes of the research, adopting appropriate linguistic and bibliographic tools, and using the editorial approaches which are typical of a historical essay.

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 an integrant part of the didactic method and aims at promoting a critical attitude and the ability to apply the acquired competence and knowledge.

The laboratory is also based on didactic material provided on ARIEL.

Students who will be unable to attend for justified and proven reasons, international students, or incoming Erasmus students are invited to promptly contact the teacher in charge of the course to arrange the program (also in English).
Teaching Resources
- Knowledge of the topics discussed and explained in classes.
- Knowledge of the sources examined in classes.
- Knowledge of the following essay discussed and analysed in classes: A. Momigliano, 'Le regole del giuoco nello studio della storia antica', ASNP (III Ser.) 4/4, 1974: 1183-1192. (also available in English; Transl. by Kenneth W. Yu).

All the teaching materials are made available on Ariel.

Students who will be unable to attend for justified and proven reasons, international students, or incoming Erasmus students are invited to promptly contact the teacher in charge of the course to arrange the program (also in English).
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 the attendance of lectures and the writing of a short essay.
- Evaluation criteria: the ability to demonstrate and elaborate knowledge; the 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 assessment for students with disabilities should be arranged in advance with the lecturer.
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours
Professor: Ginelli Francesco