Later Medieval Europe - HIST4110

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This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


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.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 18
Private study hours: 132
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

13.1 Main assessment methods

Autumn term
• Essay 2,000 words 50%
• Source Critique 1,000 words 30%
• Seminar Participation 20%

Spring term
• Essay 1,500 words 25%
• Source Critique 500 words 15%
• Seminar Participation 10%
• Examination 2 hours 50%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

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

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

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


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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