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HISTORY Degree Program Profile


Basic Information

Qualification awarded

Laurea Degree in HISTORY

Qualification Type/Level

EHEA First Cycle; EQF level6

Number of Years/credits

3 years; 180 ECTS

Mode of Study

Full-Time/Part-Time*

*All Degree Programmes are planned and organised for full-time students. It is possible, however (without special arrangements), to proceed through the course of study at one's own rhythm. This makes it possible, if necessary, to accommodate employment or other non-university activities or obligations.

Name of Course Director and other contact information

President of the Degree Course Council:
Prof. Mauro Ronzani
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Department of CIVILIZATIONS AND FORMS OF KNOWLEDGE

Internationalization Coordinator (CAI)
Prof. Arturo Marzano
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Language of Teaching

Italian/English

Admission Requirements

Formal Requirements

Certificate of completion of Italian upper secondary school or equivalent foreign qualification.

Possible assessment prior knowledge and competences

Obligatory entrance exam for orientation purposes (non-selective).

Required knowledge and competences support programmes

Students who do not pass the entrance exam are required to take specific courses and/or complete extra reading to prepare for the programme.

General Information

Programme Profile

The Degree Programme in History has the objective of preparing student for the practice of historical research, thanks to a solid knowledge of the great historiographical themes and debates and the acquisition of methodologies of the treatment and interpretation of the sources, and the use of a clear and rigorous language as appropriate to historiographic discourse. The learning experience in organised through cycles of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratories. Alongside these activities, the students are able to attend conferences, workshops and meetings in order to have contact with scientific debate at national and international level. The Degree Programme has four tracks: Ancient History, Medieval History, Modern History and Contemporary History.

Key Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the First Cycle Degree Programme in History will be able to demonstrate: - Critical understanding of the relation of the present to the past - Knowledge of and ability to use the basic techniques of historical research - Ability to identify the relevant scientific literature, bibliography and sources to address a historiographical problem - Ability to communicate research results in various ways according to the target audience - Knowledge of and ability to use the main tools of other social and humanistic sciences, as well as history - Solid knowledge of the general lines of human history - More specialised knowledge of one broad period of history (Ancient, Medieval, Modern/Contemporary) - Ability to communicate In at least one language of the EU in addition to Italian - Basic ICT abilities for communication, retrieval and elaboration of historiographical texts and data

Occupational Profile/s of Graduates

Those holding the First Cycle award (Laura) in History are able to carry out various activities for public and private organisations, with responsibilities relating to coordinating and executing historical research, to preserving and valorizing the cultural patrimony, especially as regards archives, libraries and material culture; to publishing, journalism and in the various contexts in which historical culture and its popularization are useful, including public administration and internation cultural relations. Graduates can enter programmes for the preparation of teachers in the areas of History and Literature; they can compete for places offered in the state administration having to do with teaching, the management of archives, libraries and museums, with parliamentary documentation and information services, and to the diplomatic career.

Access to further study

The Laurea Degree in HISTORY normally gives direct access to the corresponding Second Cycle degree programme. It also gives access to some other Second Cycle degree programmes, in which case extra work may be necessary for admission.

Assessment methods, examination regulations, and grading

Assessment is normally by means of an oral or written examination; in some cases there are intermediate exams during the course; other elements (participation in discussion, written or oral reports, comment of texts etc. ) are foreseen in specific course units and are described in the Course Unit Profiles.
The grading system for the course units consists of 30 possible points, plus 'lode' (cum laude) in case of excellence. Marks are given by the lecturer on the basis of performance as ascertained in a public examination by a board of at least two teachers. Main exam sessions are held in June/July; September; and January; students may resit exams**. Actual grading curves differ in different degree programmes. The University of Pisa provides an ECTS Grading Table, which shows the actual distribution, of examination and final grades among students of each degree programme, in order to facilitate comparison with other grading systems. ---> Link to ECTS Grading Table
An overall mark is given on occasion of the 'Final Exam', when a written research text is presented and discussed. The final overall mark is calculated on the results of the marks obtained in the single course units and the final exam, and is based on 110 possible points, with the possible further mention of honours ("lode" or cum laude).

**The exam sessions are organised in sessions (the dates vary according to the Department and are published in the Department's academic calendar). In each session there are a certain number of 'appelli' [calls], or dates on which the examination for each course unit may be taken. The 'appelli' are fixed by the teacher. The student chooses which of the appelli he or she wishes to respond to. In most cases it is obligatory to sign up before the specified date.

Requirements (regulations) to obtain the qualification

The learner must complete the curriculum/one of the 'curricula' (tracks) as described in the Table below. This includes obligatory and elective course units and other activities for a total of 180 credits.

The final exam, to which 9 ECTS credits are allocated, foresees the preparation and discussion of a written text of about 80.000 characters, and must show that the candidate has acquired the basic techniques of historical research, and specifically the

Course structure diagram w/credits

Available Tracks

Track Storia Antica

Year 1
261LL - GREEK HISTORY 12 ECTS
258LL - ITALIAN LITERATURE 12 ECTS
260LL - HISTORY OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST 12 ECTS
262LL - STORIA ROMANA 12 ECTS
Group LING - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    296LL - GERMAN LANGUAGE A 6 ECTS
    297LL - GERMAN LANGUAGE B 6 ECTS
    210ZW - LABORATORIO DI LINGUA SPAGNOLA A 6 ECTS
    211ZW - LABORATORIO DI LINGUA SPAGNOLA B 6 ECTS
    254LL - FRENCH LANGUAGE A 6 ECTS
    283LL - FRENCH LANGUAGE B 6 ECTS
    284LL - LABORATORIO DI LINGUA INGLESE A 6 ECTS
    295LL - ENGLISH LANGUAGE LABORATORY B 6 ECTS
    311LL - KNOWLEDGE OF AT LEAST ONE FOREIGN LANGUAGE 6 ECTS
    1014Z - ABILITÀ LINGUISTICHE 3 ECTS
Year 2
062MM - CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 6 ECTS
084MM - STORIA MEDIEVALE I 12 ECTS
Group REL - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    082MM - STORIA DELLE RELIGIONI A 6 ECTS
    089MM - MEDIEVAL CHURCH HISTORY 6 ECTS
    429MM - RELIGIOUS HISTORY OF THE MODERN AGE 6 ECTS
    116MM - STORIA DEL CRISTIANESIMO ANTICO 6 ECTS
Group EPI - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    205LL - EPIGRAFIA LATINA A 6 ECTS
    206LL - HISTORICAL GEOGRAPHY OF THE ANCIENT WORLD A 6 ECTS
    204LL - EPIGRAFIA GRECA A 6 ECTS
Group STOa - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    076MM - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY INSTITUTIONS 6 ECTS
    078MM - PRINCIPLES OF MODERN HISTORY 6 ECTS
Group ARCH - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    266LL - ARCHAEOLOGY AND HISTORY OF ROMAN ART 12 ECTS
    265LL - ARCHEOLOGIA E STORIA DELL'ARTE GRECA 12 ECTS
    264LL - ARCHEOLOGIA E STORIA DELL'ARTE DEL VICINO ORIENTE ANTICO 12 ECTS
Group EXTR - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    081QQ - HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (I) 6 ECTS
    078QQ - HISTORY OF POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS 6 ECTS
    085QQ - STORIA DELL'AFRICA A 6 ECTS
    207LL - ISLAMISTICA 6 ECTS
    255LL - STORIA DELL'ASIA A 6 ECTS
Group GEO - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    072MM - DEVELOPMENT GEOGRAPHY 6 ECTS
    073MM - ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY 6 ECTS
    088MM - CARTOGRAPHY 6 ECTS
    074MM - GEOGRAFIA POLITICA 6 ECTS
Year 3
216ZW - PROVA FINALE 9 ECTS
Group AFF2 - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    092MM - MEDIEVAL SOURCES EXEGESIS 6 ECTS
    063MM - CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY B 6 ECTS
    076MM - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY INSTITUTIONS 6 ECTS
    078MM - PRINCIPLES OF MODERN HISTORY 6 ECTS
    359LL - STORIA BIZANTINA 6 ECTS
Group LANT - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    959LL - LINGUA E LETTERATURA GRECA 12 ECTS
Group FIL - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    101MM - METAPHYSICS AND EPISTEMOLOGY 12 ECTS
    100MM - FILOSOFIA MORALE 12 ECTS
    096MM - AESTHETICS 12 ECTS
    106MM - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY 12 ECTS
    107MM - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY 12 ECTS
    108MM - HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY 12 ECTS
    160LL - LETTERATURA EBRAICA 6 ECTS
    259LL - LINGUA EBRAICA 6 ECTS
    453MM - STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA MODERNA E CONTEMPORANEA 12 ECTS

Track Storia Moderna e Contemporanea

Year 1
253LL - BASIC ROMAN HISTORY (= ISTITUZIONI DI STORIA ROMANA) 6 ECTS
079MM - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY I 12 ECTS
084MM - STORIA MEDIEVALE I 12 ECTS
085MM - MODERN HISTORY I 12 ECTS
208LL - INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT GREEK HISTORY 6 ECTS
Group LETT - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    258LL - ITALIAN LITERATURE 12 ECTS
    576LL - CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE 12 ECTS
Year 2
062MM - CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 6 ECTS
Group Storia II - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    120MM - EARLY MODERN HISTORY 6 ECTS
    114MM - MODERN HISTORY 6 ECTS
Group Storia economica - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    158PP - HISTORY OF ENVIRONMENT AND TERRITORY 6 ECTS
    159PP - HISTORY OF ECONOMICS 6 ECTS
Group GEO - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    072MM - DEVELOPMENT GEOGRAPHY 6 ECTS
    073MM - ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY 6 ECTS
    088MM - CARTOGRAPHY 6 ECTS
    074MM - GEOGRAFIA POLITICA 6 ECTS
Group EXTR - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    081QQ - HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (I) 6 ECTS
    082QQ - HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (II) 6 ECTS
    085QQ - STORIA DELL'AFRICA A 6 ECTS
    207LL - ISLAMISTICA 6 ECTS
    255LL - STORIA DELL'ASIA A 6 ECTS
    086QQ - STORIA DELL'AFRICA B 6 ECTS
    256LL - STORIA DELL'ASIA B 6 ECTS
Group LING - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    296LL - GERMAN LANGUAGE A 6 ECTS
    297LL - GERMAN LANGUAGE B 6 ECTS
    210ZW - LABORATORIO DI LINGUA SPAGNOLA A 6 ECTS
    211ZW - LABORATORIO DI LINGUA SPAGNOLA B 6 ECTS
    254LL - FRENCH LANGUAGE A 6 ECTS
    283LL - FRENCH LANGUAGE B 6 ECTS
    284LL - LABORATORIO DI LINGUA INGLESE A 6 ECTS
    295LL - ENGLISH LANGUAGE LABORATORY B 6 ECTS
    311LL - KNOWLEDGE OF AT LEAST ONE FOREIGN LANGUAGE 6 ECTS
    1014Z - ABILITÀ LINGUISTICHE 3 ECTS
Year 3
078QQ - HISTORY OF POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS 6 ECTS
216ZW - PROVA FINALE 9 ECTS
Group AFF - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    092MM - MEDIEVAL SOURCES EXEGESIS 6 ECTS
    272LL - MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY 6 ECTS
    063MM - CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY B 6 ECTS
    071MM - GEOGRAPHY 12 ECTS
    115MM - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY III 6 ECTS
    217ZW - TRAINING 6 ECTS
    157PP - STATISTICS 6 ECTS
    427MM - STORIA DEGLI INSEDIAMENTI TARDO-ANTICHI E MEDIEVALI 6 ECTS
    081MM - STORIA DELL'EUROPA ORIENTALE 6 ECTS
    143PP - DEMOGRAFIA STORICA 6 ECTS
    359LL - STORIA BIZANTINA 6 ECTS
    203LL - ARCHEOLOGIA INDUSTRIALE 6 ECTS
    356LL - LETTERATURA LATINA MEDIEVALE A 6 ECTS
    357LL - LETTERATURA LATINA MEDIEVALE B 6 ECTS
    1446Z - LABORATORIO GIS 3 ECTS
Group FIL - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    101MM - METAPHYSICS AND EPISTEMOLOGY 12 ECTS
    100MM - FILOSOFIA MORALE 12 ECTS
    096MM - AESTHETICS 12 ECTS
    106MM - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY 12 ECTS
    107MM - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY 12 ECTS
    108MM - HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY 12 ECTS
    160LL - LETTERATURA EBRAICA 6 ECTS
    259LL - LINGUA EBRAICA 6 ECTS
    453MM - STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA MODERNA E CONTEMPORANEA 12 ECTS
Group Storia III - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    115MM - CONTEMPORARY HISTORY III 6 ECTS
    121MM - MODERN HISTORY III 6 ECTS

Track Storia Medievale

Year 1
253LL - BASIC ROMAN HISTORY (= ISTITUZIONI DI STORIA ROMANA) 6 ECTS
084MM - STORIA MEDIEVALE I 12 ECTS
085MM - MODERN HISTORY I 12 ECTS
208LL - INTRODUCTION TO ANCIENT GREEK HISTORY 6 ECTS
426MM - STORIA CONTEMPORANEA I (PERCORSO MEDIEVALE) 12 ECTS
Group LING - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    296LL - GERMAN LANGUAGE A 6 ECTS
    297LL - GERMAN LANGUAGE B 6 ECTS
    210ZW - LABORATORIO DI LINGUA SPAGNOLA A 6 ECTS
    211ZW - LABORATORIO DI LINGUA SPAGNOLA B 6 ECTS
    254LL - FRENCH LANGUAGE A 6 ECTS
    283LL - FRENCH LANGUAGE B 6 ECTS
    284LL - LABORATORIO DI LINGUA INGLESE A 6 ECTS
    295LL - ENGLISH LANGUAGE LABORATORY B 6 ECTS
    311LL - KNOWLEDGE OF AT LEAST ONE FOREIGN LANGUAGE 6 ECTS
    1014Z - ABILITÀ LINGUISTICHE 3 ECTS
Year 2
119MM - MEDIEVAL HISTORY II 6 ECTS
062MM - CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 6 ECTS
Group LETT - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    258LL - ITALIAN LITERATURE 12 ECTS
    576LL - CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE 12 ECTS
Group LANT - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    959LL - LINGUA E LETTERATURA GRECA 12 ECTS
Group BIB - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    083MM - LATIN PALEOGRAPHY 12 ECTS
    087MM - LIBRARY SCIENCE 12 ECTS
    346MM - PRINTING AND PUBLISHING HISTORY 6 ECTS
    333MM - INSTITUTIONS OF LIBRARY SCIENCE 6 ECTS
    428MM - STORIA DELLA STAMPA E DELL'EDITORIA 12 ECTS
    367MM - ISTITUZIONI DI ARCHIVISTICA 6 ECTS
    067MM - DIPLOMATICA 12 ECTS
    425MM - ARCHIVISTICA GENERALE 12 ECTS
Group REL - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    082MM - STORIA DELLE RELIGIONI A 6 ECTS
    089MM - MEDIEVAL CHURCH HISTORY 6 ECTS
    429MM - RELIGIOUS HISTORY OF THE MODERN AGE 6 ECTS
    116MM - STORIA DEL CRISTIANESIMO ANTICO 6 ECTS
Group GEO - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    072MM - DEVELOPMENT GEOGRAPHY 6 ECTS
    073MM - ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY 6 ECTS
    088MM - CARTOGRAPHY 6 ECTS
    074MM - GEOGRAFIA POLITICA 6 ECTS
Year 3
080MM - STORIA MEDIEVALE III 6 ECTS
216ZW - PROVA FINALE 9 ECTS
Group FIL - Choice of 12 ECTS from:
    101MM - METAPHYSICS AND EPISTEMOLOGY 12 ECTS
    100MM - FILOSOFIA MORALE 12 ECTS
    096MM - AESTHETICS 12 ECTS
    106MM - HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY 12 ECTS
    107MM - HISTORY OF ANCIENT PHILOSOPHY 12 ECTS
    108MM - HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL PHILOSOPHY 12 ECTS
    160LL - LETTERATURA EBRAICA 6 ECTS
    259LL - LINGUA EBRAICA 6 ECTS
    453MM - STORIA DELLA FILOSOFIA MODERNA E CONTEMPORANEA 12 ECTS
Group EXTR - Choice of 6 ECTS from:
    081QQ - HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (I) 6 ECTS
    078QQ - HISTORY OF POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS 6 ECTS
    085QQ - STORIA DELL'AFRICA A 6 ECTS
    207LL - ISLAMISTICA 6 ECTS
    255LL - STORIA DELL'ASIA A 6 ECTS

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