CULTURE AND POLITICAL LANGUAGES IN THE MIDDLE AGES
A knowledge of medieval history at high school level.
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.
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.
The roots of medieval political doctrines and the leading disciplines. Ethical and political tracts of the Carolingian Era. Political writing and 11th century church reform. Different languages and doctrines in the 13th century. Theoretical discussions between 13th and 14th centuries; main trends in political writing and some outstanding authors. The harvest of medieval political thought.
J. Miethke, "Le teorie politiche nel medio evo", prefazione di R. Lambertini, trad. it. di M. Conetti, Genova, Marietti 1820, 1999