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Semester 1

Medieval Worlds: A Journey through the Middle Ages (HIST08035)

Subject

History

College

CAHSS

Credits

20

Normal Year Taken

1

Delivery Session Year

2022/2023

Pre-requisites

Course Summary

This introductory course takes students on a journey, primarily through the central Middle Ages (c. 800 to c. 1300), seeking to capture key aspects of this age of transformation. The course follows the development of the increasingly global connections which opened up during the medieval period.

Course Description

The European Middle Ages were a time of enormous diversity, change and discovery. It was during this period, between the fifth century and end of the fifteenth, that the ancient Roman world was transformed by the emergence of new empires and kingdoms, new identities and new ideas. This introductory course takes students on a journey, primarily through the central Middle Ages (c. 800 to c. 1300), seeking to capture key aspects of this age of transformation. The course follows the development of the increasingly global connections which opened up during the medieval period. It begins with Britain and its own medieval heritage, before moving on to explore its links with the powerful empires and faiths of the Continent. After examining Rome and its legacy, the course follows Europeans eastwards across the Mediterranean and beyond in their search of new opportunities. Students enrolled on this course will not only encounter some of the key figures and writings of the era, including translations of texts written by medieval people themselves, but also challenge traditional assumptions about the period that stands between antiquity and modernity.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 0%, Coursework 100%, Practical Exam 0%

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