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Undergraduate Course: Charlemagne and his World: Society and Empire in Western Europe C.750-900 (HIST10100)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryA study of the transformation of Western Europe during the reigns of Charlemagne and his predecessors and successors, in the fields of politics, economic, social and religious life, culture and ideology.
Course description The course aims:
1) To impart an overall knowledge of the political, economic and cultural developments of a key period of European history from the decline of the Merovingians to the collapse of the ideal and reality of a unified Frankish polity and the emergence of distinct kingdoms by c. 900.
2) To make students familiar with recent historiographical work on the Carolingians which has led to radical reassessment and clarification of the problems and achievements of the period.
3) To enable students to examine in detail aspects of the period which they find particularly interesting and important and to present their results through group discussion, which develops various transferable skills
4) To acquaint students with some of the most important and representative literary and other sources for the Carolingian period and to develop skills in the analytical use of such evidence.
The course also aims to impart important transferable skills, such as articulate oral presentation, ability to present written work clearly and well, time management, and the collection, organisation and analysis of complex material.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements A pass in 40 credits of third level historical courses or equivalent.
Before enrolling students on this course, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503767).
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, command of the body of knowledge considered in the course;
  2. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to read, analyse and reflect critically upon relevant scholarship;
  3. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, an ability to understand, evaluate and utilise a variety of primary source material;
  4. demonstrate, by way of coursework and examination as required, the ability to develop and sustain scholarly arguments in oral and written form, by formulating appropriate questions and utilising relevant evidence;
  5. demonstrate independence of mind and initiative; intellectual integrity and maturity; an ability to evaluate the work of others, including peers.
Reading List
M. Becher, Charlemagne (New Haven, 2003)
D. Bullough, Age of Charlemagne (London, 1965)
R. Collins, Charlemagne (Basingstoke, 1998)
M. Costambeys, et al. The Carolingian World (Cambridge 2011)
R. McKitterick, Charlemagne: The Formation of a European Identity (Cambridge, 2008)
R, McKitterick, ed. Carolingian Culture; Emulation and Innovation (Cambridge, 1994)
P. Munz, The Origin of the Carolingian Empire
J. Nelson, Charles the Bald (London, 1992)
J. Story, Charlemagne. Empire and Society (Manchester 2010)

Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserDr Tom Brown
Tel: (0131 6)50 3761
Course secretaryMiss Clare Guymer
Tel: (0131 6)50 4030
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