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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?


One or more of these courses have a limited number of places. Priority access will be given to students for whom this course is compulsory. Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more details on this process.

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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 8 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Course discussion board contribution (20%)

Group Project (10%)

800 words reflective writing on group project (10%)

3500 words written assignment (60%)

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.

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