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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCES
Course unit
HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES
SUP7078118, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
ARCHAEOLOGICAL SCIENCES (Ord. 2018)
LE0616, Degree course structure A.Y. 2018/19, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES
Website of the academic structure http://www.beniculturali.unipd.it/www/homepage/
Department of reference Department of Cultural Heritage: Archaeology and History of Art, Cinema and Music
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARIA CRISTINA LA ROCCA M-STO/01

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Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code
SUP7078657 HISTORY OF THE EARLY MIDDLE AGES MARIA CRISTINA LA ROCCA LE0607

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/01 Mediaeval History 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
hours
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 25/09/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 LA ROCCA MARIA CRISTINA (Presidente)
DE ANGELIS GIANMARCO (Membro Effettivo)
VERONESE FRANCESCO (Membro Effettivo)

Syllabus
Prerequisites: A general knowledge of the problems and specific issues of Medieval History is required. A basic knowledge of Latin language is appreciated as the course will also deal with the analysis of primary sources.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to provide:
1. knowledge of the main phenomena concerning the study of the family and of the partnership in the course of the early Middle Ages (V- XII centuries)
2. Knowledge of the historical aspects of the transformation of roles and the variety of marriages in a wide geographic and cultural horizon from a juridical and practical point of view
3. The ability to frame the phenomenon examined historically, from the point of view of the coeval and successive different (written and material) evidences; ability to examine regulatory interventions and practices.
4. The ability to analyze texts written in the early Middle Ages, from the point of view of the vocabulary used, of the textual tradition and its different meanings over time.
5. The ability to compare the evidences of the written sources with those deriving from archaeological sources.
Examination methods: The exam includes a final oral exam focusing on the essays dedicated to the history of marriage and indicated in the section of the Syllabus "reference texts". During the course the student will be asked to report (individually or in groups) on articles and essays assigned from time to time and indicated in the Syllabus section "Reference texts" (discussion materials).
The student will be asked to report on the transformation of the marriage bond dealing with at least two of the aspects examined during the course.
Assessment criteria: The following will be evaluated:
1. the ability to frame the phenomenon examined historically, from the point of view of the different (written and material) contemporary and written evidence presented in the course;
2. ability to examine the different historiographic settings.
3. Ability to analyze texts written in the early Middle Ages, from the point of view of the vocabulary used, of the textual tradition and its different meanings over time.
4. Ability to compare the evidences of the written sources with those deriving from archaeological sources.
5. Ability to express with appropriate terminology.
Course unit contents: Course title: Marriage forms: alliances, properties, rituals
In early medieval societies, the role of parental structures was much more relevant than today's: marriage constituted an important link between two parental groups. Studying marriage forms and their transformations means understanding the ways of social reproduction from within society. The course will focus on the five themes:
1. Anthropological theory on marriage
2. Medieval historiography on marriage and 'Germanic' contribution.
3. The phases of marriage, the gifts, the rituals.
4. The marriage of the clergy.
5. Break the marriage: divorce, repudiation.

From the archaeological point of view, we will examine the cases of some early medieval necropolis, to observe how the spatial organization of the burials was determined by biological kinship between individuals or if other forms of grouping prevailed, by gender or age groups.
From the chronological point of view three moments of change in the structures of marriage are identified: late antiquity (centuries V-VII); Carolingian age (VIII-IX centuries); post-carolingian age (X-XI centuries).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: After a first group of frontal teaching lessons (about 20 hours), the following teaching hours will proceed with a seminar structure that will include the reading of texts by individual students and collective discussions. Texts and sources will be available to students on the Moodle Platform
Additional notes about suggested reading: Bibliography listed below at point'Testi di riferimento' is concerning the students who will not attend the course. Instead Sources and papers for the seminar lectures and the attending students will be available on the Moodle platform.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • --, Link{Médiévales} Le couple dans le monde franc : 5.-12. siecle. Saint Dénis 2013: Presses Universitaires de Vincennes, 2013. Cerca nel catalogo
  • --, Répudiation, divorce, séparation dans l’Occident médiéval, , 2007 (Recherches valenciennoises). Valenciennes: Université de Valenciennes, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gasparri, Stefano; La_Rocca, Cristina, Tempi barbaricil'Europa occidentale tra antichità e medioevo (300-900). Roma: Carocci, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Ruth Mazo Karras, Unmarriages. Women, men and sexual unions in the Middle ages. University of Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Questioning
  • Peer feedback
  • Peer assessment
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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