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Undergraduate Course: Power and Politics: the Papacy in Medieval Europe (LAWS10180)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course offers an introduction to the papacy and the church in the Middle Ages, looking at their evolution from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries. It will explore the main features of the unique combination of spiritual and temporal powers vested in the pope and the structure of the church within their historical and institutional context. The course will look at the evolution of church and papacy from the Investiture Controversy to the Great Schism and the decline of papal power in the formation of nation-states, highlighting the main institutional developments.
Course description Indicative teaching programme:

The course will focus on the development of the papacy from the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries, covering subjects such as popes as lawgivers and secular rulers, the organisation of papal and church government, the confrontation with secular rulers, the election of pope and bishops, theories of representation, natural law issues, and the problem of usury.
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Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and Sources of Law:

    - Knowledge that covers and integrates most of the principal areas, features, boundaries, terminology and conventions of a subject discipline.
    - A critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles.
    - Detailed knowledge and understanding in one or more specialisms some of which is informed by or at the forefront of a subject/discipline.
    - Knowledge and understanding of the ways in which the subject/discipline is developed, including a range of established techniques of enquiry or research methodologies.

  2. Subject-specific Skills:

    - Synthesis of complex information and ability to subject to informed critique
    - Offer professional level insights, interpretations and solutions to problems and issues.
    - Critically review and consolidate knowledge, skills, practices and thinking in a subject/discipline.
    - Interdisciplinary understandings of complex problems
  3. General Transferable Intellectual Skills:

    - Demonstrate some originality and creativity in dealing with professional level issues.
    - Synthesis of complex information and ability to subject to informed critique
    - Make judgments where data/information is limited or comes from a range of sources.
  4. Key Personal Skills:

    Knowledge and understanding as well as the practice of it, transferable cognitive skills, communication and ICT skills, autonomy, accountability and the ability to work with others.
  5. Subject-specific Legal and Ethical Values:

    - Appreciation of the value of history in recreating the past and influencing the present.
    - Autonomy
    - Critical self-reflection
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Course organiserDr Guido Rossi
Tel: (0131 6)50 2052
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