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Postgraduate Course: Medieval Universities: Academic Communities, Learning and the Wider Society (PGHC11342)

Course Outline
School School of History, Classics and Archaeology College College of Humanities and Social Science
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits 20
Home subject area Postgraduate (School of History and Classics) Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This course supplements the School&©s existing graduate options for the MSc in Medieval History by focusing upon one of the most enduring creations of medieval Europe, that is, the university. The rise and spread of universities in the Central Middle Ages revolutionised medieval education and was deeply linked with social, intellectual and political developments throughout the rest of the Middle Ages. Moreover, the study of the medieval birth of the universities helps to challenge the common perception of the Middle Ages as a 'dark age' or as a void between the classical and the modern world, and it will help students to better appreciate the historical development of the institution in which they are studying. Indeed, among others, the course will approach, from a historical perspective, a series of themes that are still widely debated nowadays, such as the condition of students and teachers, the organisation and role of academic establishments, their relationship with political and religious authorities their contribution to intellectual enquiry as well as their social impact.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
CentralSeminarPlease note classes start in week TWO1-11 15:00 - 17:00
First Class First class information not currently available
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the course will have acquired an advanced knowledge and understanding of the following key aspects of the history of universities and higher education in the central and late Middle Ages:

&· The relationship of universities with political and religious authorities, and how this influenced academic freedom
&· How universities were shaped by and contributed to shape the surrounding society, including the role of graduates and the development of professional figures, especially in the fields of medicine and law
&· The conditions of teachers, students, personnel and the businesses linked with the universities, as well as the relationship between them
&· The rise of the universities and their relationship with other learning environments
&· Structure and management of universities, with an in depth exploration of the four main faculties of that period
&· The contribution of universities to the development of intellectual enquiry
&· The ability to handle primary sources and assess them by placing them in their historical context
&· The ability to develop independent, analytical and properly referenced conclusions
&· The ability to contribute actively to class discussion and express ideas in a coherent and cogent fashion
&· The ability to write cogently and persuasively about an historical topic

Assessment Information
Assessment will involve a paper of 3000 words. Non-written skills will also be assessed, at 20% of the final mark (10% for a presentation; 10% for contribution to classroom discussions). The essay will count for 80% of the final mark.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description The course aims to provided an in depth introduction to the birth of medieval universities by taking a transnational and comparative point of view, but focusing especially, albeit not exclusively, upon the early period of the universities around the 13th century, and upon the universities of Bologna, Paris and Oxford. The course will employ an interdisciplinary approach that considers social, religious, political and intellectual issues and contexts. Students will acquire $ùfoundational&© knowledge and chronological sweep through the general literature identified for them, but the course will also consider historiography and primary sources, developing the ability of the students to approach these sources and contextualise events as well as historical developments.
Syllabus 1 Introduction

Part I: Universities And Society
2 The origins and distinctiveness of European universities
3 Relations with authority (Church, crowns and municipalities)
4 The role of university education in medieval society

Part II: The University Community
5 Academic Structures
6 Teachers
7 Students and student life

Part III: The Faculties
8 Arts
9 Law and Medicine
10 Theology
Transferable skills The ability to handle primary sources and assess them by placing them in their historical context
&· The ability to develop independent, analytical and properly referenced conclusions
&· The ability to contribute actively to class discussion and express ideas in a coherent and cogent fashion
&· The ability to write cogently and persuasively about an historical topic

Reading list Primary Sources:

Charters of Foundation and Early Documents of the Universities of the Coimbra Group, ed. J.M.M. Hermans and M. Nelissen (Groningen, 1994).
The Manuale Scholarium: an original account of life in the Medieval University, ed. R. F. Seybolt (Cambridge, 1921).
Peter Aberlard, The story of my misfortunes
A sourcebook in medieval science, ed. E. Grant (Cambridge, Mass, 1974)
For a very wide and comprehensive selection of sources:
University records and life in the middle ages, ed. L Thorndyke (New York, 1975).
Medieval sourcebook, 13th-14th Century Scholasticism:

Secondary literature, general works:

A history of the university in Europe, ed. W. Rüegg, Vol. I, Universities of the Middle Ages, ed. H. De Ridder-Symoens (Cambridge, 1992).
Rashdall, H., The Universities of Europe in the Middle Ages, 3 vols. (Oxford, 1895).
Benson, R.L., and Constable G., eds, Renaissance and renewal in the twelfth century (Cambridge Mass, 1982).
Cobban, A., The medieval universities: their development and organization (London, 1975).

Secondary literature on specific themes:

Aston, T.H., ¿Oxford¿s medieval alumni¿, Past and Present, 74 (1977), 3-40.
Baldwin, J.W., ¿Masters at Paris from 1179 to 1215: a social perspective¿, in Renaissance and Renewal in the twelfth century.
Ibid., Masters, Princes and Merchants. The social views of Peter the Chanter and his circle (Princeton, 1971).
Ibid., ¿Studium et regnum. The penetration of university personnel into the French and English administration at the turn of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries¿, Revues des Etudes Islamiques, 44 (1976), 199-215.
Bernstein, A.E., ¿Magisterium and license: corporate autonomy against papal authority in the medieval university of Paris¿, Viator, 9 (1978), 291-308.
Bullough, V.L., The development of Medicine as a profession: the contribution of the medieval university to modern medicine (Basle-New York, 1966).
Catto, J.I., ed., The history of the University of Oxford, Vol. I, The Early schools (Oxford, 1984).
Cobban, A., English University life in the middle ages (London, 1999)
Ibid., The medieval English universities: Oxford and Cambridge to c. 1500 (Cambridge, 1988).
Ibid., ¿Medieval student power¿, Past and present, 53 (1971), 28-66.
Courtenay, W.J., ¿Inquiry and Inquisition: academic freedom in medieval universities¿, Church History, 58, (1989), 168-181.
Denley, P., ¿Recent studies on Italian universities of the Middle Ages and Renaissance¿, History of universities, 1 (1981).
De Ridder-Symoens, H, ¿Mobility¿, in A history of the university in Europe, 280-306.
Ferruolo, S.C., The Origins of the university. The schools of Paris and their critics 1100-1215 (Stanford, 1985).
Gabriel, A., ¿Motivations of the founders of medieval colleges¿, in Garlandia, ed. A. L. Gabriel (Notre Dame, 1969), 211-23.
Grendler, P., ¿The University of Bologna and the papacy¿, Renaissance Studies, 13 (1999), 475-85.
Hargreaves-Mawdsley, W.N.. A history of academic dress in Europe until the end of the eighteen century (Oxford, 1963).
Haskins, C.H., ¿The Life of Medieval Students as Illustrated by their Letters¿, The American historical Review, 3 (1898), 203-29.
Hyde, J, H., ¿Commune, university and society in early medieval Bologna¿, in Universities in Politics; case studies from the late middle ages and early modern period, ed. J. Baldwin and R. Goldthwaite (Baltimore¿London, 1972), 17-46.
Kibre, P., Scholarly privileges in the Middle Ages. The rights, privileges and immunities of scholars and universities at Bologna-Padua-Paris-Oxford (Cambridge Mass., 1961).
Ibid., The nations in the medieval universities (Cambridge Mss, 1948
Leff, G, Paris and Oxford universities in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries (New York, 1968).
Moraw, P., ¿Careers of graduates¿, in A history of the university in Europe, 244-79.
Nardi, P., ¿Relations with authority¿, in A history of the university in Europe, 77-107.
Nörr, K.W., ¿Institutional foundations of the New Jurisprudence¿, in Renaissance and Renewal in the twelfth century.
Ottoson, P.G., Scholastic medicine and philosophy (Naples, 1984).
Piltz, A., The world of Medieval learning (Oxford, 1981).
Pollard, G., ¿The Pecia system in the medieval universities¿, in Medieval scribes, manuscripts and libraries, ed., M.B. Parkes and A.G. Watson (London, 1978), 145-61.
Post, G., ¿Parisian masters as a corporation 1200-1246¿, Speculum, 9 (1934), 421-45.
Ibid., ¿Masters¿s salaries and student fees in the medieval universities¿, Speculum, 7 (1932), 161-98.
Rouse, R.H., and M.A. Rouse, Manuscripts and Their Makers: Commercial Book Producers in Medieval Paris, 1200¿1500, 2 vols (Turnhout, 2000).
Siraisi, N., ¿The faculty of medicine¿, in A history of the university in Europe, 360-87.
The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, Vol. 2, 1100¿1400, ed. R.M. Thomson (Cambridge, 2008).
Thijssen, J,. Censure and Heresy at the University of Paris. 1200-1400 (Philadelphia, 1998).
Trio, P., ¿Financing of university students in the Middle Ages: a new orientation¿, History
of Universities, 4 (1984),1-24.
Van Caenegem, R. C., Judges, legislators and professors (Cambridge, 1987).
Weisheipl, J.A., ¿The structure of the Arts Faculty in the medieval university¿, British Journal of educational studies, 19 (1971), 263-71.
Study Abroad N/A
Study Pattern Teaching will be in seminar form. Gianluca Raccagni (History) is the course organiser
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Course organiser Dr Gianluca Raccagni
Course secretary Mrs Lindsay Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 9948
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