Teaching workshop

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim of the workshop is to provide the methodological, bibliographic and archival tools of criminal research in the modern age, conducted from the analysis of various sources indicated by the instructor, and aimed, as a research question, at the distinction between small neighborhood crime and organized crime. In addition, it is intended to teach the student how to construct an analysis of these sources and methods in writing, and then gives a small demonstration through the instrument of the review of a historiographical work on the subject.
Expected learning outcomes
By the end of the workshop, the student will have acquired an awareness of the main types of sources of criminal history and the main research methodologies. They will be able to navigate the multiplicity of sources available to the modern historian. The student will then be able to use the historiographical lexicon to express in the 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
First semester
Lectures will be delivered live
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) 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 on the course page on Ariel at the end of the course.
Course syllabus
The course aims to discuss some methodological and conceptual aspects of historiography on organized crime, taking as example the case of the Sicilian Mafia. After an introduction to the object of the study, the following topics will be investigated:

- The object and the context: rudiments about historiography on the Mafia
- The police source: some emblematic cases
- The judge and the historian: methods, paradigms, interpretations
- The journalistic source: some stories from the inside between hetero and self-representation
- A research in progress: the De Mauro's papers
- The literary source: the Italian-American Mafia through The Godfather by Mario Puzo
- The cinematographic source: Salvatore Giuliano and In guerra per amore
Prerequisites for admission
There are no specific requirements different from those requested for the degree admission.
Teaching methods
Attendance to classes is mandatory. The workshop's basic teaching tools include archive, print and audiovisual sources, which will be illustrated by the teacher in multimedia form and critically examined in consultation with the students. The confrontation with the students is considered an essential aspect of the course.
Teaching Resources
- Knowledge of the main topics taught in lectures.
- Knowledge of the text: Salvatore Lupo, La mafia. Centocinquant'anni di storia, (Roma: Donzelli, 2018).
Assessment methods and Criteria
Type of examination: evaluation at the end of the course on the basis of attendance of lectures, writing and oral presentation of a paper. The evaluation criteria focus on the expression skills, subjective re-elaboration, interpretative balance, critical reflection, use of the specific vocabulary of the discipline and communicative effectiveness. The evaluation consists in the approval of the course carried out with recognition of 3 CFU. The format of the assesement for students with disabilities should be arranged with the teacher.
- University credits: 3
Humanities workshops: 20 hours
Professor: Dovizio Ciro