CULTURE AND POLITICAL LANGUAGES IN THE MIDDLE AGES
- Assessment methods
- Learning objectives
- Teaching methods
A knowledge of medieval history at high school level.
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.
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.
The course traces a path though western european political culture during high and low middle ages as well as their languages.
I Towards a political language (5th-11th centuries). Ecclesiastical traditions. Poltical ethics.
II Differing political cultures (12th-14th centuries).
II 1 From the end of the 12th to mid 13th century. Universal empire. Papal monarchy. National Kingdoms.
II 2. Mid 13th to mid 14th century. Imperial sovereignity. The self assessment of papacy. Ki ngdoms as national states. Indipendent city states.
The teacher will provide printed notes to students who regularly attend courses.
Other students will study J. Miethke, "Le teorie politiche nel medio evo ", Genova, Marietti, 1999.
Ex cathedra lectures