CULTURE AND POLITICAL LANGUAGES IN THE MIDDLE AGES

Degree course: 
Corso di First cycle degree in Communication Sciences
Academyc year when starting the degree: 
2018/2019
Year: 
2
Academyc year when helding the course: 
2019/2020
Course type: 
Supplementary compulsory subjects
Credits: 
8
Period: 
Second semester
Standard lectures hours: 
64
Detail of lecture’s hours: 
Lesson (64 hours)
Requirements: 

A knowledge of medieval history at high school level.

Final Examination: 
Orale

Oral exam, typically articulated on two questions.

Assessment: 
Voto Finale

Course description and learning objectives
The course aims at providing a general but not superficial knowledge of the main political theories, as well as of political languages and modes of communication particularly during the High and Late Middle Ages. Within the mainframe of a syllabus in the philosophy and history of communication, this course focuses on the understanding of political communication and social sciences as they took shape at the roots of modern Western civilization. In this perspective, students will acquire: 1) a fairly good knowledge of the main political and social idea during the High and Late Middle Ages, as well as of techniques and modes of political communication, 2) the exact terminology in which they were formulated and in which they should be described, 3) the skills to make critical appraisals and links.

Final assessment
An oral exam will verify not just what the student has learned but his personal and critical tasks as well. The vote will reflect both the correctness of the answers (60 %) and communication skills of the student, particularly his ability to adequately motivate his affirmations, analyses and critical assessments (40%). Therefore, will be evaluated the knowledge he has acquired, the correctness of his terminology, his ability to make links and critical assessments.

1 The tradition of the church
2 Rediscovering imperial sovereignity
3 Genesis of papal monarchy
4 The birth of national monarchies
5 Evolutions of imperial power (13th-14th centuries)
6 Consolidating the papal monarchy
7 The king's powers
8 Italian city states

See Course contents.

M. Conetti - R. Lambertini, Il potere al plurale. Un profilo di storia del pensiero politico medievale, Milano, Jouvence, 2019

Classes and seminars will explain in detail the items of the course while stimulating students to actively take part through exercises and source readings

It is possible to reach the teacher at his institutional e mail address (mario.conetti@uninsubria.it).

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