Teaching workshop

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the laboratory is to provide an overview of the essential sources for understanding the history of Christianity and the necessary tools (methodological, bibliographic and archivistic). The analysis of the documents will be taught together with the written processing of the results of the research.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the workshop, the students will have acquired the knowledge of the main kinds of sources relating to the history of Latin Christianity and the most important tools of research. They will be able to orient themselves in the documentation related to the history of Christianity, (published and, when possible, unpublished too). They will then be able to use the specialized terminology to express in written form, clearly and effectively, the results of the research conducted under the guidance of the teacher.
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 critical reflection and methodological learning as well as bibliographic acquisition. Individual work will also be of great importance, with reports assigned by the teacher and then discussed collectively.
Students unable to attend could use the educational tools provided on Ariel, investigate special readings to strengthen their knowledge and, of course, contact the teacher both by email and during the office hours.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
Second 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 and any changes to the programme and its related documents (bibliography etc).
Course syllabus
The workshop focuses on the analysis and commentary of a corpus of sources for the history of Christianity, concentrating particularly on the period from Late Antiquity to the Late Middle Ages. Different types of sources will be examined (hagiographic, normative, homiletic, documentary, judicial, literary, odeporic, epistolary), with the analysis of one or more specific examples for every source.
Each source will be introduced and commented starting from the historical-religious and cultural context to which it belongs, paying special attention to dating, author, client, typology, lexicon, and historical dynamics. The reading and analysis will be aimed at guiding the student in questioning the sources correctly, bringing out the main historical-religious problems they pose.
Prerequisites for admission
There are no prerequisites other than those required for admission to the course of study.
Teaching methods
There will be lectures and analysis led by the teacher, but also activities carried out independently by the students and then commented in the classroom.
Teaching Resources
The reference material consists of the following sources, provided by the teacher in the form of a handout:

- Egeria, Diario di viaggio, 1-5, 13-15, 23, 24-26.
- Ambrogio, Inni, Per Sant'Agnese Vergine e Martire, Inno della Verginità.
- Gerolamo, Lettere, A Marcella, riguardo alla vita di Asella.
- Gregorio Magno, Dialoghi, I, Prologue and cc. 1-5.
- Benedetto da Norcia, Regola, cc. I-III, V, XXII-XXV, XXX-XXXIV, XXXIX-XLI, XLVIII, XLIII-XLV.
- Sermone per la prima domenica di quaresima (available here: http://rm.univr.it/didattica/fonti/rusconi/sezI/14_come_si_predica.htm).
- Concilio Lateranense IV, costituzioni I-III, VII-VIII, X, XIII-XVI, XXI, LXII, LXXI.
- Bernardino da Siena, Prediche volgari sul Campo di Siena (1427), XX, selected passages.
- Viaggio del prete Michele in Egitto e in Terrasanta (1489-1490), selected passages.
Assessment methods and Criteria
Ongoing tests are foreseen with the purpose of drafting brief analysis sheets of sources, which will then be corrected and commented on in the classroom.
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours
Professor: Papasidero Marco