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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SFM0014280, A.A. 2018/19

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
SF1334, Degree course structure A.Y. 2011/12, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination SOCIAL HISTORY
Department of reference Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education and Applied Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
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

Teacher in charge VITTORIA FEOLA M-STO/02

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/02 Modern History 6.0

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

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

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
6 2018/19 01/10/2018 30/09/2019 FEOLA VITTORIA (Presidente)
SILVANO GIOVANNI (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Keen interest in the subject. Familiarity with some of the main European or extra-European early modern history topics. Working knowledge of English is required for a number of readings. Students wishing to study in other languages (French, German, Spanish) may agree on alternative readings with the lecturer.
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to familiarise students with some of the main themes in early modern social history at master’s level. Particular attention will be given to processes of social change in the wake of the Protestant Reformation, as well as to the evolution of material culture in relation to social, political, and artistic developments. The course will be focussing on Western Europe albeit in a global perspective. By the end fo the course students should have gained a good grasp of social history’s methodologies, thereby being able to read and contextualise given primary sources; they should likewise be able to relate them to the appropriate historiographical contexts in relation to the material history of the early modern worlds.
Examination methods: Students who are attending classes are expected to actively participate in in-class discussions; moreover, they are required to turn in an assignment, take an oral exam on one of the course English textbooks. English-language students who will not be attending classes, instead, are required to study two course English textbooks.
Assessment criteria: Exam is made up of:
A) a written assignment, 5-7 Word pages long. Students will agree on a topic with the lecturers at the beginning of the course.
B) active participation in in-class discussions on the basis of readings handed out through Moodle, as well as an oral discussion on the subject of their written assignment.
C) knowledge of, and ability to critically think about either the two texts which the student will have used to support their essay, or the course notes (the latter option is only open to class attendees).
There is no difference between testi di riferimento and other works listed in the syllabus as far as the exam goes.
Course unit contents: The Social History course aims to analyse social change occuring in Western Europe following the Reformation, its impact and intertwinement with social transformations in the rest of the world, from Luther’s time till the American and French Revolutions. It particularly insists on change in the material culture of every strata of society througjout the early modern period. The Social History course reflects the latest historiographical approaches to the study of material ‘objects’, their mobility across time and space as well as through different strata of early modern societies, both in Europe and globally.

Thematic Unit 1:Print and social change in early modern Europe.

Thematic Unit 2: The Reformation and capitalism: an unavoidable marriage?

Thematic Unit 3: Daily life in early modern Europe and her colonies.

Thematic Unit 4: The public sphere.

Thematic Unit 5: The body.

Thematic Unit 6: Travels.

Thematic Unit 7: Conversation, language, identity.

Thematic Unit 8: Collecting, social status, and the politics of knowledge.

Thematic Unit 9: The material arts.

Thematic Unit 10: Rights and markets: the slave trades.

Thematic Unit 11: Rights and markets: new rights.

Thematic Unit 12: Europe and the rest of the world.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course is seminar-based and organised around thematic units. Each one is made up of lecture, discussion of assigned readings, including primary sources, and students’ oral presentations. Students are required to read an article and/or a primary source about the class which they will be attending next. They will find readings in Moodle prior to class. Readings will form the object of in-class discussions during which students are warmly invited to critically talk about them. Moreover, each student will give an oral presentation in class about the topic of their written assignment. During the course digital humanities tools will enhance students’ learning experience with primary source material.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Texts and documents which form the object of in-class discussions, and which are on Moodle, are integral parts of the course syllabus; students, therefore, are required to study them in view of the oral exam. Besides, for the oral exam each student will pick two books from within the following list.
Students who are not attending classes are required to agree with the lecturers on an ad hoc syllabus.
Erasmus students wishing to study English-language works will find that the following bibliography contains a few more English works than its Italian version. They are welcome to pick works in Italian, English, or French. For specific requests about books in other languages, students are encouraged to discuss this with the lecturer.

Black, Jeremy, The British abroad. The Grand Tour in the eighteenth century, Stroud, 2011.

Burke, Peter, Cultural translation in early modern Europe, Cambridge, 2007.

Consumption and the world of goods, edited by Roy Porter and John Brewer, London, 1993.

Darnton, Robert, The business of Enlightenment, London, 1979.

Dash, Mike, Tulipomania, London, 2010.

Disease, medicine and society in England, 1550-1860, Basingstoke, 1993.

Early modern things, edited by Paula Findlen, London, 2013.

Feola, Vittoria, Elias Ashmole. The Quartercentenary Biography, Roma, 2017.

Findlen, Paula, Possessing nature, Berkeley, 1996.

Lilti, Antoine, Le monde des salons, Paris, 2005.

Malcolm, Noel, Agents of empire: knights, corsaires, Jesuits, and spies in the sixteenth-century Mediterranean, Oxford, 2015.

Miller, Peter, Peiresc’s Mediterranean world, London, 2015.

Miller, Peter, Peiresc’s Orient, Farnham, 2012.

Pétré-Grenouilleau, Olivier, From slave trade to empire, London, 2015.

Pétré-Grenouilleau, Olivier, Les traites négrières: essai d’histoire globale, Paris, 2004.

Picard, Liza, Restoration London. From Poverty to Pets, from Medicine to Magic, from Slang to Sex, from Wallpaper to Women’s Rights, London, 1997.

Raymond, Joad, The invention of the newspaper, Oxford, 1996.

Rothschild, Emma, The inner life of empires: an eighteenth-century history, Oxford, 2011.

Sarti, Raffaella, Europe at home. Family and material culture, 1500-1800, London, 2004.

Silent Messengers. The Circulation of Material Objects of Knowledge in the Early Modern Low Countries, a cura di Sven Dupré e Christophe Lüthy, Berlino, 2011.

Sweet, Rosemary, Cities and the Grand Tour: the British in Italy, c.1690-1820, Cambridge, 2012.

The material Renaissance, a cura di Michelle O’Malley e Evelyn Welch, Manchester, 2007.

The Republic of Letters and the Levant, edited by Alastair Hamilton and Maurits H. van den Bogeert, Leiden, 2005.

The social history of language, edited by Peter Burke and Roy Porter, Cambridge, 1987.

Thomas, Keith, Religion and the decline of magic, Harmondsworth, 1978.

Van Horn Melton, James, The rise of the public in Enlightenment Europe, Cambridge, 2001.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Trevor-Roper, Hugh, Religion, the Reformation, and social change, and other essays. London: --, 1969. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Burke, Peter, Cultural translation in early modern Europe. Cambridge: --, 2007. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Rothschild, Emma, The inner life of empires: an eighteenth-century history. Oxford: --, 2011. Cerca nel catalogo

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