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HI2021: POWER & PIETY: MEDIEVAL EUROPE, 1100-1500 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 26 Feb 2018 19:32


Course Overview

Between 1100 and 1500 western Europe underwent fundamental transformations: new technical, economic and political challenges, fresh developments in religious and intellectual life and catastrophes like wars, diseases and climate change fundamentally shaped European societies for centuries to come. This course offers a thematic survey of medieval western societies, focusing on religion, kingship and warfare, economy and environment, cultural renaissances and intellectual novelties, the emergence of national states and identities and the discovery of new worlds. Download course guide.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Alastair Macdonald

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of Programme Level 2 or Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • HI2012 Power and Piety: Medieval Europe, 1100-1500 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Between 1100 and 1500 western Europe was undergoing fundamental transformations: new technical, economic and political challenges, fresh developments in religious and intellectual life and catastrophes like wars, diseases and climate change fundamentally shaped European societies for centuries to come. This course offers a thematic survey of medieval western societies with lectures and tutorials focussing on religion, kingship and warfare, economy and environment, cultural renaissances and intellectual novelties, the emergence of national states and identities and the discovery of new worlds.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

53 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: Source review of 2,000 words (40%); seminar participation (10%) and 2-hour examination (50%).

Resit: A two-hour written exam (100%).

Formative Assessment

Essay plan.

Feedback

As formative piece of work, which will be returned on a one to one basis with feedback, the essay plan is designed to indicate how students are progressing in acquiring the key skills of identifying, synthesising and presenting their research and knowledge.

As part of the minor assessed arrangements the document test will test students in the key historical skills of reading and analysing texts/other primary sources critically and emphatically, while addressing questions of genre, content, perspective and purpose.
The assessed essay will build upon the skills identified in the source review while also providing an opportunity to progress in those aspects that were less effectively delivered. The emphasis will be on testing academic attributes, inculding in-depth and extensive knowledge and understanding, the development of concise and coherent structured work which delivers a reasoned, effective and comprehensive analysis.
The exam will test specific academic and generic skills, with an emphasis on breadth of knowledge, the capacity to reformulate and express acquired understanding while also demonstrating a capacity for problem identification and the delivery of structured, coherent and fluent written work.

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