A basic knowledge of antique and medial history of Europe and the
The course aims to reach two goals. The first one deals with the content of the lectures, the second one with the teaching method. But they are closely related each other.
1) The first one aims to show that to study material the culture of past human societies can give hints to discuss cultural relations, mainly in regions of political crisis.
2) The second one aims to let the students be used to relate with other students coming from different backgrounds and cultures and studying different disciplines. The COIL module encourages students to challenge themselves and to open their minds to different perspectives.
The course aims to deal with the topic of cultural relationships, according to the study of material culture in its wider meaning. This will be possible through a closer relation with earth and environmental sciences. The lectures will be grouped in a series of modules.
During the course, in parallel with the lectures, a mandatory COIL teaching module will be activated with Akita International University in Japan, State University of New York – Farmingdale and Free State University of Bloemfontein (South Africa).
In the moodle platform the student will find a scetion labelled "texts for the exam". There s(he) will find all the papers in .pdf format necessary for the exam as well as the slideshows of the teacher's lectures. An additional list of hard copies of books avaliable in the Humanities Library will be added.
The frontal lectures will deal with some topics proposed by the teacher. Each one constitutes a stand-alone module. In particular:
- the exploitation of natural resources (12 hours)
- the water management (10 hours)
- the resilience and sustainability of preindustrial societies to environmental and socio-political changes (4 hours)
- the role of belief in the making of cultural identity (8 hours)
A further modul (16 hours) will be focused on a series of individual presentations made by the students. Each of them will deliver a critical reading of a paper chosen among those within the moodle platform. The remaining 4 hours will be, respectively, the introduction and the recap of the course.
The assessment will be an oral exam. The grade is divided in three parts.
- from 0 to 10 for the COIL work
- from 0 to 10 for the critical reading presented to the class during the second module
- from 0 to 10 for further two critical reading made bu the student. Each student can choose literature also out of the moodle platform. This last part will be delivered by the students during the exams’ session and it can assign the grade 30 out of 30 with honour.
Non attending students will access the moodle platform and choose seven papers to read and to return a critical sinthesis during the oral exam.
The teacher will use the moodle platform to communicate with the
students too. Thus, students are asked to login frequently and check
Stuents attending in remote mode can join with gemeet at