Medieval Europe (3) Rise and development of the civilization of medieval Europe from the decline of Rome to 1500.
HIST (MEDVL) 107 Medieval Europe (3)
(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.
HIST/MEDVL 107 is an introductory course on the history of Europe from the late classical period to the beginning of the sixteenth century. There are three main areas of concentration in this course. First, the development of political, judicial and diplomatic institutions, from the collapse of central Roman authority through the rise of local chiefdoms to the centralized kingdom as ancestor of the modern state. The second theme is the role of Christianity in all its forms--orthodox, heretical, and popular--and its contribution to a distinctly medieval society. The third main theme is the development of society following changes in economic activity, cultural interest and the extended family.
Several forms of learning are used in this course. A textbook gives the student a broad overview of the period and gives a chronological structure to the material. This material provides a background to the instructor's lectures, which not only give factual information, but integrate the various trends, individuals and events. The assigned readings illustrate specific events or individuals; the discussion groups allow the student to explore these texts in a collaborative environment with the instructor and their fellow students. The research paper gives the student the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest, while training them in scholarly writing and analysis. Finally, the tests, all essay questions, let students demonstrate their comprehension of the material through problem solving.
The essay exams and discussion groups allow the student actively to address specific problems from the material; the research paper enables the student to gather information from traditional (library archives) and non-traditional (electronic) sources, then to present a conclusion in a comprehensive and coherent argument;
The class discussion promotes collaborate and cooperative learning, as the students expand on, and/or argue against, positions taken on the material by their instructor and fellow students. Internationalism and interculturalism is the essence of this course. The research paper, essays and discussion allow for scholarly development through the investigation of communities in an important era of history.
Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.