Course details

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  • History of Middle Ages
  • Storia Medievale
  • International Telematic University UNINETTUNO
  • Humanities
  • 9.00
  • Bachelor
  • A good command of the Italian language and a school-level knowledge of late Roman History are required.
  • Italian
  • Italian
  • Italian
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  • The examination is based on the verification of general knowledge of medieval History, its main periods and its protagonists. Furthermore will be tested the capacity of critic analysis of historical themes and questions.
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  • Description:
    The course is composed by 30 videolessons that delineate the medieval Millennium in its social, politic, economic and religious articulations. A basic bibliography will serve as support and as tool of close examination of the various themes.
    The purpose of the course is to offer a general vision of the Middle Ages intended as a period in which an original civilization was formed, constituting a fundamental experience for the formation of the european society.
    The concept and the characters of the Middle Ages - the Empire and the Barbarians - The end of the ancient world: the end of the Mediterranean unity - The transformations of the medieval West - Charlemagne. The aspiration to the unity of the new West - The dissolution of the unity - The age of the particularisms - The renewed Germanic empire as a structure of coordination and a factor of stabilization - The Romanesque rebirth - The flowering of the medieval civilization - The age of the synthesis of XIVth century - The breakup of the medieval system - Toward a new system. Sources and tools for the knowledge of the medieval history
    Basic Handbooks:
    G. Piccinni, Il Medioevo, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2004
    Paolo Delogu, Introduzione allo studio della storia medievale, Il Mulino, Bologna 2003
    It is also required to study one volume among the followings (edited by Il Mulino):
    C. Azzara, Le invasioni barbariche
    G. Ravegnani, I bizantini in Italia
    M. Becher, Carlo Magno
    H. Houben, Federico II
    J. Flori, Le crociate
    J. Flori, La cavalleria medievale
    A. Ducellier- F. Micheau, L'islam nel Medioevo
    Other recommended texts:
    La storia. I grandi problemi dal medioevo all’età contemporanea, a cura di N.Tranfaglia e M. Firpo. Volume I. Il medioevo. Tomo 1: I quadri generali. Tomo 2: Popoli e strutture politiche, Utet, Torino 1988
    Autori Varii, Storia medievale (Manuale di storia Donzelli), Donzelli, Roma 1998.
    It is requested to develop some written themes on some of the principal knots of the evolution of the ten centuries composing the Middle Ages. Matters as: the meeting between Romanitas and Barbaritas, the role of the Carolingian, the Feudalism, the rebirth of the "Europe", the urban civilization etc.
  • Descrizione:
    Il corso si compone di 30 videolezioni che delineano il Millennio medievale nelle sue diverse articolazioni sociali, politiche, economiche e religiose. Una bibliografia di base servirà da supporto e da strumento di approfondimento delle varie tematiche affrontate.
    Lo scopo del corso è di offrire agli studenti una visione generale del Medioevo inteso come epoca in cui si formò una civiltà originale che costituisce un’esperienza fondamentale per la formazione della società europea.
    Concetto e caratteri del medioevo IV-VI secolo - La fine del mondo antico. l’impero e i barbari VI-VII secolo - La fine del mondo antico. La fine dell’unità mediterranea VII-VIII secolo - Le trasformazioni dell’Occidente VIII-IX secolo - Carlomagno. L’aspirazione all’unità del nuovo Occidente IX secolo - La dissoluzione dell’unità X-XI secolo - L’età dei particolarismi X-XI secolo - L’impero germanico rinnovato come struttura di coordinamento e fattore di stabilizzazione XI secolo - La rinascita romanica XII secolo - La fioritura della civiltà medievale XIII secolo - L’età della sintesi XIV secolo - La disgregazione del sistema medievale XV secolo - Verso un nuovo sistema Fonti e strumenti per la conoscenza della storia medievale.
    Manuali di base
    G. Piccinni, Il Medioevo, Milano, Bruno Mondadori, 2004
    Paolo Delogu, Introduzione allo studio della storia medievale, Il Mulino, Bologna 2003
    Scegliere un testo di approfondimento tra i seguenti volumi della Paperbacks, Il Mulino
    C. Azzara, Le invasioni barbariche
    G. Ravegnani, I bizantini in Italia
    M. Becher, Carlo Magno
    H. Houben, Federico II
    J. Flori, Le crociate
    J. Flori, La cavalleria medievale
    A. Ducellier- F. Micheau, L'islam nel Medioevo
    Altri testi consigliati:
    La storia. I grandi problemi dal medioevo all’età contemporanea, a cura di N.Tranfaglia e M. Firpo. Volume I. Il medioevo. Tomo 1: I quadri generali. Tomo 2: Popoli e strutture politiche, Utet, Torino 1988
    Autori Varii, Storia medievale (Manuale di storia Donzelli), Donzelli, Roma 1998.
    Esercitazioni: Agli studenti viene richiesto di svolgere dei temi scritti su alcuni dei principali nodi dell’evoluzione dei dieci secoli che compongono il Medioevo. Argomenti quali: l’incontro tra Romanitas e Barbaritas, il ruolo dei Carolingi, il Feudalesimo, la rinascita dell’“Europa”, la civiltà comunale.
  • 30 video lessons held by Prof. Paolo Delogu. The lessons are accompanied by slides, pictures, maps, book articles, a sitography and a thorough bibliography. During the lessons the students’ learning progress will be assessed and during the virtual classroom and chat sessions, held by the tutor.
  • The portal has been created in such a way as to offer maximum compatibility with the most commonly used systems available for students, teachers, tutors and any other possible users of the program. Tests have been conducted on the most common platforms (Mac OS, Windows, Linux) and on the principal browsers (Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Opera).
    The code used conforms to the standards of W3C
    The hardware and software requirements are minimal and are generally fulfilled by a normal system designed for home use; the software used, which is distributed under different licence types but in any case is available free of charge, can be dowloaded from the sites of the respective companies that produce the software.In order to make the most of the multimedia contents present and of the tutoring online services, it is necessary:
    • to have a connection to the Internet. The minimum configuration consists of a PSTN connection (otherwise known as a telephone connection at 56Kbps) but for optimum use an ADSL connection is suggested, which becomes indispensable for videoconference tutoring.
    • to have installed on one's own systemone of the principal browsers available, for example: Internet Explorer 6.0 (available at the following address:, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or superior (available at the following address:, Opera (available at the following address:
    • to have installed on one's own system the software Windows Media Player version 7.0 or superior which allows one to view the video lessons. The software is available free for downloading at the following address: On the Linux platform it is possibile to access films in streaming by installing the proper codec on one's own mutimedia player of choice.
    In order to use video-indexing menu with Firefox, install WMV Firefox Plugin released by Microsoft - Port25:
    • to have installed on one's own system the software Adobe Acrobat Reader version 6.0 or superior in order to view materials in pdf format. This software is available free of charge at the following address:
    • to have installed on one's own system Java runtime in order to view the conceptual map of the course. This software is available free of charge at the following address:

    • IMPORTANT NOTICE : Window Media Player configuration for firewalled/proxyed network's client:

    ASF streaming | UDP
    - Out: TCP port 1755
    - Out: UDP port 1755
    - In: UDP ports between 1024 and 5000
    ASF streaming | TCP
    - In/Out: TCP port 1755
    ASF streaming | HTTP
    - In/Out: TCP port 80

    Detailed information available on Microsoft Windows Media Site
    • Internet Explorer 7 / Windows Vista: launch Internet Explorer, then Tools -> Internet Options-> Protection, set protection level to "Medium";.restart Internet Explorer.
    • Windows Media Player: Launch Windows Media Player, than Tools -> Options -> Network. In the "MMS protocols" list, check "HTTP" only; remove flags from "RTSP/UDP" e "RTSP/TCP"
  • The Online Tutoring learning environment of the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO gives the student an absolutely active role; all the training materials are made available for this purpose. The student is not left alone, but he is guided by an expert tutor.
    This is the real interactive synchronic portal section. Inside this section real tutors/teachers assist students in the virtual classrooms by means of chat, also audio and video, correct their assignments, guide them to overcome learning and psychological difficulties, linked to distance student issues.
    Tutoring is structured in classes of 20 or 30 students, 20 for the Engineering Faculties and 30 for the other Faculties.
    The Tutor guides the students’ learning processes through synchronic teaching models (videoconferencing, chats, video-chats) and diachronic models (forums).
    In the framework of the didactic model adopted by the UTIU the tutor plays a crucial role since he/she stands as an intermediary among the actors of the teaching-learning process.
    The tutoring activity represents one of the most significant moments of the training process and requires a high degree of interactivity with the students. In particular, tutoring is complementary to the videolessons and to self-learning: actually, the tutor “designs” the students’ experience and act as an expert advisor and as a guide in the learning process.
    From one hand, the Tutors carry on organisational tasks (solving practical problems linked to the use of the training materials; assess the learning results; if it is the case, adapt, modify and/or develop the supplementary training materials); on the other hand, they have training support tasks (motivate the students, familiarise them with use of computer technologies; check their past knowledge and help them to understand the most difficult notions; help them to develop more appropriate study strategies, above all as it regards timing; enhance their critical attitudes; make them aware of the real difficulties and of the progress made; help them to develop realistic auto-assessments; prepare them for the final exam through appropriate exercises and discussion by means of virtual classrooms, videoconferencing, chats, forums; promote the structuring of network of knowledge exchange.

    The UTIU tutor‘s role takes place by different didactic scenarios: “one-to-one” and “one-to-many”.

    “One to one” scenario (learning in a single mode)
    In this scenario, by means of videochats, chats, e-mail, the telematic tutor assists the student during his exploration of the different environments, giving a constant evaluation of his didactic progress, whenever the student wishes to. The telematic tutor, by means of interactive dialogues of the Socratic style, will help the student to analyse his own thinking and to discovers and correct not only his mistakes, but also their causes.
    In particular, the UTIU tutor has to:

    Support the student’s motivation with the aim of:
    - Mobilising and maintain motivation
    - Creating an open and positive atmosphere
    - Compensating the social requirements of the user-student

    Help on the content of the course
    - Connecting the contents with previous knowledge
    - Solving problems in the course contents
    - Stimulating the application of these contents in professional life

    Development of study skills
    -Promoting a critical sense
    - Developing learning styles and cognitive strategies
    - Helping to auto-regulate study and training
    - Promoting awareness of contextual learning factors
    - Introducing the student to the use of new technologies (e-mail, chat, videoconference, the Internet)

    Supply Evaluation/feedback
    - Informing the user-student of his/her progress
    - Preparing the user-student for his/her exams
    - Helping the user-student to develop realistic self-evaluation skills

    One to many” scenario (collaborative learning mode)
    In this scenario, by means of real-time videoconferences and off-line forums, the telematic tutor organizes and structures collaborative learning sessions with his class, to promote interaction among the different actors of the educational process. The organisation of students in classes allows to promote cooperation activities among the students themselves and at the same time to enhance the effectiveness of the tutors’ monitoring. Actually, the management of the classes of students gives the possibility to share activities such as the assignment of exercises or scheduling of the learning objectives; in addition, re-creating a learning social context, gives a significant motivation support to “distance” students.

    The UTIU tutor has to:
    - Organise group objectives clearly and precisely in order to prevent participants from wasting their energies on insignificant interactions and activities;
    - Define specialised tasks and assign them to the various members;
    - Clearly define the personal responsibilities of each member;

    Particular attention must be paid to the group objectives, which have various specific functions. The tasks will be selected so as to offer a stimulating but not impossible challenge in order to activate motivation and stimulate the sensation of self-effectiveness.
    • The tutor must support the student motivation by encouraging the creation of an open and positive social environment in order to stimulate reciprocal co-operation and help between students.

    The Tutors guide the establishment of learning communities in order to encourage the students to share their skills; more specifically, the students are stimulated to explain their reasoning and understand that of other people. These activities will “force” them to formulate their thoughts and knowledge clearly and respect and accept of other people’s ideas when their arguments are recognised as being valid in order to prevent a “cognitive conflict” from arising.
    There is a cognitive challenge in co-operation where user-students attempt to defend and argue their points of view with the other learning partners. With co-operation, people also learn that criticisms are aimed at ideas and not at people and this fact stimulate a feeling of respect towards the others and confrontation training that is seen as a moment of personal and social growth.
    In general, the tutor in has to:
    1. Play the role of teacher-director that designs learning scenarios and who, later on, cooperates with his “students” to create and educational path that should take into account different styles of learning;
    2. Supply the students not only with theoretical and conceptual tools, but also tools that could allow them to transform knowledge into practical abilities, then into professional skills;
    3. Promote, thanks to the “virtual laboratories”, the integration between knowing and being able to do;
    4. Develop models of sharing knowledge with the other users of the Network promoting collaborative learning processes;
    5. Play the role of somebody who orientates and facilitates and give everybody the necessary tools to help the student find the information he needs on the Net and avoid his getting lost in the Web Hyperspace;
    6. Promote socialization models on the Net

    As it regards his/her didactic role, the tutor should supply the students with a cognitive support:
    • Integrating basic knowledge, if inadequate, supplying information on the course structure and aims;
    • Giving user-students an evaluation and feed-back on the work done and the skills acquired both during the learning process and at the end of the course;
    • Developing study skills such as critical skills and meta-cognitive learning strategies;
    • Encouraging the anchoring of the new skills and knowledge to other knowledge and contexts;
    • Facilitating access to technologies and materials that the users students will use during the course.
    • Selecting the didactic material in order to guarantee access to information in an adequate format and level for the skills and knowledge of the various students.
    • Enhancing and strengthening, through constant monitoring of the students’ activities and students’ groups, the effectiveness of the solution of the learning problems.

    • To the teachers and students’ roles;
    • To evaluation procedures.
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