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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of History, Classics and Archaeology : Scottish History

Undergraduate Course: Chivalry, Warfare and Society in Medieval Scotland (SCHI10012)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of History, Classics and Archaeology 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
SummaryThis course explores the way in which chivalric literature and thought affected the prosecution of war, the ordering of society and the intellectual and cultural life of the medieval Scottish aristocracy. Although concentrating on Scottish examples the course will address general issues affecting the nobility of Western Europe in the Middle Ages
Course description The course gives students an introduction to the main scholarly debates surrounding the complex medieval social and cultural phenomenon known as 'chivalry'. The course examines the way in which aristocratic chivalric values were first formulated and promoted through literary works, the activity of heralds and clerical writers, and then addresses a number of current scholarly debates. The topics covered include, inter alia, the question of whether chivalric ideas directed and controlled, or encouraged, aristocratic violence in the real world; the writings of Jean Froissart and John Barbour and what they tell us of the relationship between chivalric ideas and warfare; how men of violence reconciled their lives with the need to secure salvation; how far chivalry undermined or strengthened royal government; the influence of courtly love on gender relationships.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations 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, Personal Tutors are asked to contact the History Honours Admission Secretary to ensure that a place is available (Tel: 503767).
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 History courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission.

** as numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course **
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  42
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 67 %, Coursework 33 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 3-4,000 word essay will comprise 33% of final assessment.
One exam of 2 hours in the May exam diet will comprise 67% of final assessment.
Feedback Students will receive written feedback on their coursework, and will have the opportunity to discuss that feedback further with the Course Organiser during their published office hours or by appointment.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
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
P.Coss, The Knight in Medieval England (1993)
R.Barber, The Knight and Chivalry (1995).
R.Kaeuper, Chivalry and Violence in Medieval Europe (1999)
E.Kennedy, 'The Knight as Reader of Arthurian Romance', in J.P.Carley and M.R.Shichtman, eds., Culture and the King: The Social Implications of the Arthurian Legend (1994)
M.Keen, 'Chivalry', in R.L. Radulescu and A.Truelove (eds.), Gentry culture in late medieval England (2005), 35-49.
M.Keen, Origins of the English gentleman: heraldry, chivalry and gentility in medieval England, c.1300-c.1500. (2002).
M.Keen, Chivalry (1984)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Course organiserProf Stephen Boardman
Tel: (0131 6)50 4035
Course secretaryMiss Lorna Berridge
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