Later Medieval Europe - HI411

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury
(version 2)
Spring
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4 15 (7.5) DR B Bombi

Pre-requisites

None

Restrictions

None

2017-18

Overview

This module is a survey of medieval Europe from c.1000 to c.1450. It includes elements of political, institutional, religious, social and cultural history.
The module is intended to provide students with a foundation that will allow them to make the most of other courses in European history, particularly those focusing on the Middle Ages and Early Modern period, by equipping them with a grounding in geography and chronology, as well as in a variety of approaches to the study of history.
Lectures will provide an overview of some of the period's defining features including the feudal system; kingship; the crusades, warfare and chivalry; popes (and anti-popes); monasticism and the coming of the friars; heresy; visual culture; women and the family; and towns and trade.

Details

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Contact hours

One 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour seminar each week. There will be one writing week and one week devoted to individual essay return.

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by 50% coursework, 50% examination.

The coursework component will include:

- A geography and chronology quiz
- A written primary source critique
- An essay exploring the themes of the module

The examination will be sat in the Summer term, and will take the form of a a two-hour examination on topics covered in the module.

Preliminary reading

BARTLETT, R. - 'The Making of Europe: conquest, colonization and cultural change, 950-1350', London, 1994
COOK W. & HERZMAN R. B - 'The medieval world view: an introduction', New York-Oxford, 2004
TIERNEY B. & PAINTER S. - ' Western Europe in the Middle Ages, 300-1475', Boston-London, 1999
BULL M. G. - 'Thinking medieval: an introduction to the study of the Middle Ages', Basingstoke, 2005
BARBER M., - 'The two cities: Medieval Europe, 1050-1320', London, 1992
SOUTHERN R. W. -' The making of the Middle Ages', London, 1993

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes:

- Gain knowledge European history and geography between the Norman Conquest and c. 1450.
- Access a range of sources of information for this period and present the results to a critical audience and/or readership.
- Marshal an argument: summarise and defend a particular interpretation or analysis of historical events.

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The intended generic learning outcomes:

- Knowledge and understanding of the complexities of human existence in past societies, and of unfamiliar structures, cultures and mentalities.
- The ability to read texts and other source materials, both critically and empathetically, while addressing questions of genre, content, perspective and purpose.
- Critical thought and independence of mind: the ability to challenge received conclusions.
- Epistemological awareness: recognising and distinguishing between the different sources of historical knowledge.

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