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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP9086439, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
LE0607, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 9.0
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Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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 EDWARD SCHOOLMAN

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/14 History and Institutions of Asia 9.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 9.0 63 162.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione 2019/20 01/06/2020 28/02/2021 SCHOOLMAN EDWARD (Presidente)
BIASIORI LUCIO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites, but there should be interest in the material either
in terms of medieval Mediterranean history or issues related to mobility and
Target skills and knowledge: This course aims to provide:
1. Knowledge and conceptual framework for understanding the causes and
effects of three periods of mass mobility: the barbarian migration of the fifth
and sixth centuries, the Arab conquest of the Levant and North Africa in the
seventh and eighth, and the Norman take-over and administration of
southern Italy in the eleventh and twelfth centuries (in the case of the
seminar, the broad experiences of Greeks in the Mediterranean outside of
the Byzantine Empire)
2. Knowledge of theories of individual and group identity as applied to the
Middle Ages
3. Knowledge of current scholarship on migration and identity
4. The ability to conceptualized these migrations as historical events, but also
how they were perceived by those contemporary to them
5. The ability to articulate in a final written project and presentation a clear
and scholarly overview of one facet related to these themes
Examination methods: The exam includes the evaluation of in-class presentations and a final
research paper
Assessment criteria: The following will be evaluated:
1. the ability to analyze historical sources related to the medieval
2. the ability to frame the phenomenon of migration and the expression of
identities within the contexts of the three periods, from the point of view of
the different (written and material) contemporary and written evidence
presented in the course
3. the ability to compare the evidences of the written sources and material
culture produced between different cultures
4. the ability to demonstrate in writing and classroom participation
understanding of specific terminology related to migration and identity
Course unit contents: This course will compare three movements of people critical to the history of
the medieval Mediterranean: the barbarian migration of the fifth and sixth
centuries, the Arab conquest of the Levant and North Africa in the seventh
and eighth centuries and the Byzantine reaction, and the Norman take-over
and administration of southern Italy in the eleventh and twelfth centuries,
and especially the reign of Roger II. These three events are watersheds -some
more highly recognized than others- that put new peoples in contact and
created the opportunity for the expression of identity in new ways and in new
The course units will include the following:
1. Measuring Human Movement: Mobility, Migration, Invasion and Conquest
2. Introduction to the “Age of Migration”
3. Introduction to the Islamic Conquest of the Levant and North Africa
4. Introduction to Southern Italy and Sicily before and during the Normans
5. Contact, Conflict, Population Migration and the Written Record
6. Identity and Population Migration in Genetics and Archaeology
7. Reading Mobility in Medieval Chronicles
8. Religious Texts as Witness to Identity and Migration
9. Assessing Cultural Borrowing
10. Monuments and Material Culture
11. Laws, Regulations, and Administration
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Classes are primarily built on discussion; to accomplish the goals of the
course, texts will be read and prepared as a group. Each week, both primary
sources and secondary readings will be assigned to all students, while
alternative secondary readings will be prepared for informal student-led
Additional notes about suggested reading: Primary texts and articles will be available on the Faculty e-learning space
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)