The course aims at providing comparative knowledge and basic skills to understand the value of cultural, artistic and landscape assets of continental and insular Medieval Europe - and their promotion as regards sustainable tourism. Students will also be expected to know how to correctly use media and digital archives dealing with the Middle Ages.
INTERCULTURAL HERITAGE – attention will be paid to the intercultural milieu of West European Germanic countries (especially Medieval England and Scandinavia) and, with specific attention, to the Gothic-Lombard context in the Italian territory, its museums and exhibitions, and archaeological sites, thus taking into account the relationships with other cultures.
MEDIA – students will be exposed to some considerations on rewritings or elaborations of some aspects of medieval Germanic culture: JRR Tolkien’s adaptations of myths; variations of historical/mythological sources in films (“The Legend of Beowulf”), TV series (“Vikings”, “Ragnarok”); manga (“Vinland Saga”) or comics; videogames (“God of War”, “Hellblade”, “Valhalla / Assassin’s Creed”).
[DIGITAL] ARCHIVES – the course will offer a glimpse of basic ITCs and digital tools with regard to the Medieval cultural heritage to easy access museum websites; online manuscript archives; artistic, bibliographical and linguistic corpora.
The course will be held in English and will be based on lectures. Students are encouraged to take active part in the debate and suggest topics for further analysis. All the teaching materials used in classes are entirely shared on Moodle.
Students might be requested to give a brief presentation on a specific topic or prepare and submit a small project work.
The exam can be either in written or oral form. Questions will cover the contents of the course, all the teaching materials uploaded on Moodle (for students who attend classes), or the reading list in the syllabus (for those students who cannot attend).
The exam aims at verifying the acquisition of both knowledge and critical skills. Additional (and approved) work done by the students on a course topic might also be a part of the exam.
The exam is passed if students get a grade of 18/30 or above.
To obtain a positive grade students will have to demonstrate the knowledge of the main contents of the course, create links among topics and place events, works, and people in chronological order. Students will also have to possess mastery of expressive skills.
Evaluation falls into 5 bands. It will consider both the knowledge of course contents and the oral/written presentation:
1. (30 e lode) - excellent; accurate, correct, and appropriate.
2. (30-27) - very good; correct.
3. (26-24) - good; mostly correct.
4. (23-18) - acceptable; some occasional mistakes.
5. (less than 18) - partial and/or superficial; numerous mistakes.
The course is taught in English.
ATTENDING STUDENTS will be solely tested on the materials shared during classes. All the teaching materials are uploaded on Moodle.
NON ATTENDING STUDENTS must get in touch with their teacher to discuss some details of the reading list in Leganto.
Due to Covid-19, this course might be taught in blended form or online. Thus, the Syllabus might be modified in order to let both lessons and examination achievable in this way.