Undergraduate Course: Popular Religion in Medieval Europe, 1000-1500 (HIST10102)
|School||School of History, Classics and Archaeology
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will concentrate on the nature of popular religion and changes it underwent 1000-1500. It will draw its primary source material largely from English sources but will make use of comparative material from continental Europe. It will concentrate on major themes such as the survival (or otherwise) of paganism; religious beliefs and practices at a local level (parishes, guilds, devotion to saints, pilgrimage, processions); heresy and witchcraft. It will also consider the effects of social change (especially in the wake of the Black Death) on these practices, and issues of gender on the nature of these practices. Whether 'popular' religion can be readily distinguished from 'elite' religion will be another important theme: here issues such as literacy will be addressed. Throughout the coverage of such topics, there will be examination of the types of evidence that historians can use, discussion of various methodologies and approaches, and consideration of historiographical debates.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| A pass or passes in 40 credits of first level historical courses or equivalent and a pass or passes in 40 credits of second level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Directors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503783).
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
| i) Subject knowledge: To increase understanding of the nature of and changes in medieval religion and contemporary mentalities.
ii) Discipline skills: increase awareness of the historical evidence, how to handle it and the debates about it.
iii) Writing skills: develop through writing essays for the course.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Alison More
Tel: (0131 6)50 3768
|Course secretary||Miss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030