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School of Human and Social Sciences and Cultural Heritage
Course unit
SUP9086458, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
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
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination CLERGY AND MOBILITY IN THE MIDDLE AGE
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Historical and Geographic Sciences and the Ancient World
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian, 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 WILLIAM LINDEN NORTH

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-STO/01 Mediaeval History 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
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Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione 2019/20 01/06/2020 28/02/2021 NORTH WILLIAM LINDEN (Presidente)

Prerequisites: i) Adequate knowledge of the political and institutional history of the Middle Ages; ii) Latin comprehension at least at a basic level.
Target skills and knowledge: i) Knowledge of the theories and concepts linked to the phenomenon of mobility, as an instrument of analysis and interpretation in medieval history and history in general; ii) knowledge of the role of comunication and movement of persons in history; iii) knowledge of the different genres of medieval sources in their technical, institutional, and narrative dimensions.
Examination methods: Oral examination that will be based upon an in depth essay written by the student on one or more themes treated in the class. The final grade will also take into account participation of the student in the seminar-like activities (on which see below “Anticipated learning activities and teaching methods”.)
Assessment criteria: The evaluation criteria will ascertain: i) the level of understanding, knowledge, and control of the course material. ii) the ability to analyze texts and sources presented and discussed in class; iii) the ability to interpret critically; iv) explanatory clarity, including the ability to use specific terms appropriately; the level of participation in learning activities.
Course unit contents: Students will analyze the nature, functions, and multiple forms of clerical mobility during the period from the VI to the XIII century in Europe (with examples drawn from different regions corresponding to modern England, France, Germany, the Low Countries, and Italy). In particular, they will consider the mechanisms behind the functioning of mobility; the documents of travel/movement, and the infrastructures essential to movement for personal and for institutional purposes. Special attention will be paid to the institutions and norms that controlled and directed clerical movement at the local, regional, and transregional levels, and the factors that governed their dynamics over the course of ecclesiastical carreers, factors such as education, synods and councils, religious missions, embassies, pilgrimages, visitations, and travel for legal reasons.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course will fall into two distinct parts. The first part will consist of a series of lectures with discussion that will provide a general theoretical framing of mobility drawing on the social sciences and will then explore its application to the mobility of the medieval clergy. It will do so through deeper analysis of select historical contexts and situations and discussion of the relevant documentary and narrative sourcs. The second part of the course (which will occur around the last week of the course) will have a more seminar-like character. The students will have to analyze independently materials indicated by the instructors on one or two topics that interest them (agreed upon in advance with the instructors) and present on them in class. This work will be preparatory to the writing of an assessment essay. Because class time will be devoted to the close reading, commenting, discussion, and oral exposition of the sources, attendance at lectures is strongly recommended.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Sources and readings in electronic format, and other teaching materials (such as slides projetted during class) will be made available to students to download on the course’s Moodle site.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)