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Undergraduate Course: Introduction to Medieval Europe 2B (HIST08027)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an introduction to the history of late medieval Europe, from c.1200 to c.1450. It can be taken either as a stand-alone course or in conjunction with Introduction to Medieval Europe 2A, which covers the period c.950 to c.1200. The late Middle Ages are crucial in understanding the evolution of Europe, and this course will consider its social, cultural, economic, intellectual, institutional, political and religious history.
Course description The course tackles the period c.1200-1450 through the study of key themes: Power; Society the Environment; Belief; Expansion and Renaissance. It aims to provide students with preliminary insights into the sources of medieval historical evidence, and how these are studied by scholars. Throughout the course students will be encouraged to reflect upon the importance of the late Middle Ages for understanding European history, and to engage directly with selected key primary texts. They will also be encouraged to consider medieval history in multi-disciplinary terms, providing vital preparation for all students intending to study medieval subjects at Honours level. The study of medieval history has a particular value: it forces us to try to understand a society and a mentality very different from our own. The effort involved will, in turn, help students develop their skills in the appreciation and handling of evidence and in the framing of historical problems.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Introduction to Medieval Europe 2 (HIST08018)
Other requirements A pass in any first level course achieved no later than August of the previous academic year.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level History course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, a sound knowledge of the key concepts of medieval history, specifically medieval European society and the changes that took place over the period 1200-1450.
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to assimilate a variety of sources and formulate critical opinions on them;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination, an ability to research, structure and complete written work of a specified length, or within a specified time;
  4. demonstrate an ability to make informed contributions to class discussion and give an oral presentation as required;
  5. demonstrate an ability to organise their own learning, manage their workload, and work to a timetable.
Reading List
C.F. Briggs, The Body Broken: Medieval Europe 1300-1520

C. R. Backman, The Worlds of Medieval Europe

C.W. Hollister and J. Bennett, Medieval Europe

M. Keen, The Penguin History of Medieval Europe

John H. Arnold, What is Medieval History?

M. Bull, Thinking Medieval. An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages

New Cambridge Medieval History, vols 5-7.

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information All students will attend a weekly tutorial group from Weeks 2 to 11 inclusive.
KeywordsMed. Europe 2B
Course organiserDr Gianluca Raccagni
Course secretaryMiss Lorna Berridge
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