Skip to Content


Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

Course Overview

An introduction to late medieval-literature, challenging modern assumptions about the medieval and exploring the diverse range of medieval literary culture, from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales to the autobiographical narrative of Margery Kempe and surprising profanity of medieval lyric.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Elizabeth Elliott

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • English (EL) (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course offers an introduction to late-medieval literature, challenging modern assumptions about the nature of the 'medieval' and introducing a variety of texts from the popular to the courtly and from the sacred to the (very) profane. Students will become familiar with Medieval language and be introduced to themes and genres ranging from romance, narrative verse, drama, and woman’s writing to lyric verse. The course will also examine the cultural influence of the medieval in modern literature, and the concept of medievalism.

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University week s 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Course discussion board contribution (20%)

Group Project (10%)

800 words reflective writing on group project (10%)

3500 words written assignment (60%)

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

1 x Resit Essay (3,500 words)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralUnderstandAn ability to think and speak cogently about medieval literature.
ProceduralAnalyseAn ability to discuss complex issues with clarity and cogency, both orally and in writing.
ProceduralApplyAn ability to organise study time effectively.
ReflectionCreateAn ability to write clearly, succinctly, grammatically and idiomatically.
ProceduralUnderstandAn ability to read and appreciate Middle English
ConceptualUnderstandAn ability to read and appreciate a selection of medieval texts, representing a variety of genres
ReflectionAnalyseAn ability to understand and examine issues raised by the interpretation of medieval literature.

Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.