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.
This module appears in the following module collections.
This module will be taught through one 1-hour lecture and one 1-hour seminar each week, with the exception of Enhancement Week and one week that will be dedicated to coursework feedback.
Method of assessment
This module will be assessed by:
- Essay (2,500 words) - 30%
- Source Critique (1,500 words) - 20%
- Chronology and Geography Quiz (50 minutes) - 10%
- Examination (2 hours) - 40%
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)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:
- 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
The intended generic learning outcomes of this module are that, on completion of this module, students will be able to:
- 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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Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
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