HIST 2053 - Medieval Europe: Crusades to the Black Death
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code HIST 2053 Course Medieval Europe: Crusades to the Black Death Coordinating Unit History Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 12 units of Level I undergraduate study Incompatible HIST 2042 or HIST 3042 Course Description This course explores the lives and experiences of three key social orders in western Europe during the Middle Ages: the aristocracy, the church, and the peasantry. We also consider the lives of women, both as members of the three orders and generally. We begin the course in the early Middle Ages with Charlemagne and his successors, and the upheaval caused by Vikings and other invaders. We shall then consider the expansion of European power in the eleventh and twelfth centuries (including the Crusades), and the flourishing of European civilisation and culture, trade and urban life in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. At the end of the course, we discuss the crisis of medieval civilisation that was brought about by conflicts within the Church, the great struggle between France and England, and the Black Death.
Course Coordinator: Dr Claire Walker
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 demonstrate a broad knowledge of the history of Europe in the middle ages and the ways in which historians have interpreted and explained this history. 2 identify and use effectively a wide variety of secondary sources relevant to the study of Europe in the middle ages, and in particular to understand and critically to evaluate the arguments of historians. 3 contextualise and interpret a wide variety of primary sources, including medieval texts, images and physical artefacts. 4 construct evidence-based arguments in which students engage with the key debates about the nature of European society in the middle ages. 5 communicate their own ideas about medieval history - both orally and in writing - in a manner that is clear and persuasive. 6 access and use effectively the wide range of relevant primary and secondary sources on medieval history that are available on-line. 7 develop and communicate their ideas about the middle ages within the scholarly conventions of the discipline of history.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3, 4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5, 7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
4, 5, 6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
Required ResourcesThe text book for this course Wim Blockmans and Peter Hoppenbrouwers, Introduction to Medieval Europe, 300-1500, third edition (London: Routledge, 2018).
Recommended ResourcesMaurice Keen, The Pelican History of Medieval Europe is a useful introduction to and survey of the Middle Ages. It is not supposed to be a comprehensive, authoritative textbook. Keen’s book has its advantages; it is cheap, well written and has a strong analytical theme on the nature of the Middle Ages. Its disadvantages are firstly that it covers a limited timeframe, 800-1449 and is geographically limited to Western and Central Europe. However, there are plentiful resources in the Library and on the Internet to cover what Keen does not.
Other general texts (many do not cover the whole period, c450-c1450):
Malcolm Barber, The Two Cities: Medieval Europe, 1050-1350
Judith M. Bennett & C. Warren Hollister, Medieval Europe, A Short History
R. H. C. Davis, A History of Medieval Europe from Constantine to Saint Louis
A Daniel Frankforter, The Medieval Millennium
Friedrich Heer, The Medieval World
Edward Peters, Europe and the Middle Ages
Joseph R. Strayer, The Middle Ages
Brian Tierney, Western Europe in the Middle Ages
Some other useful background reading:
Carolly Erickson, The Medieval Vision
Richard Fletcher, The Conversion of Europe
Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie, Montaillou
Eileen Power, Medieval People
Jonathan Riley-Smith, What were the Crusades?
Richard Southern, The Making of the Middle Ages
Richard Southern, Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages
R. W. Swanson, Religion and Devotion in Europe, 1215-1515
Philip Ziegler, The Black Death
Online LearningCanvas will not just be used as a repository of material but as an interactive learning tool. For example, multiple-choice quizzes will consolidate the knowledge gained by students from the course textbook and lectures, and prepare students for the tutorials and written assessments. Students in tutorials will work in groups to address specific themes in the course (e.g. the image and the reality of the Crusading movement or the image and reality of medieval monasticism) which will be posted on Canvas as a learning resource for all students taking the course.
PowerPoint presentations and audio recordings of lectures will be available at the Canvas course site. Librarians at the Barr-Smith library have also compiled a very useful guide to sources on Australian History held by the University. This can be accessed online at:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesFace-to-face teaching on campus consisting of two lectures and one tutorial per week. Lectures begin in Week 1 of semester and tutorials in Week 2. Attendance at the lectures is important as they provide the context for the tutorial discussions and introduce themes and personalities that students will encounter in the more sophisticated tutorial readings.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Students will need to devote approximately 12 hours per week to this course (divided over 12 weeks of study). This consists of 2 x 1-hour lectures and one tutorial per week, and 9 hours per week of independent study, during which time students will prepare for tutorials and work on assignments.
Learning Activities SummaryDraft Lecture Program (Please note that these topics and
dates may vary. Final Program located on MyUni in Februry.)
Schedule Week Lecture Week 1 1. Introduction: Medieval History
2. Europe in the Dark Ages
Week 2 1. The Carolingian Empire
2. The Vikings
Week 3 1. Rise of the Islamic World
2. Early Medieval Church
Week 4 1. The Crusades
2. The Crusader States and their Legacy
Week 5 1. Monasticism
2. The Rise of Towns and Trade
Week 6 1. Chivalry
2. Art and Architecture
Mid-Semester Break Week 7 1. The Twelfth-Century Renaissance
Week 8 1. The Friars
2. Medieval Women
Week 9 1. Limits of Expansion
2. Medieval Warfare
Week 10 1.The Black Death
2.Religion in the Late Middle Ages
Week 11 1.The Hundred Years' War
2.Rebellions and Revolts
Week 12 1. The End of the Middle Ages?
2. Medievalism in the Modern World
Small Group Discovery ExperienceStudents will work in "medieval identity" groups to evaluate the experiences of medieval people to the unfolding events covered in the course work.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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Assessment SummaryThere are four assessment tasks for this course.
1. Online Quiz (10%)
2. Research Essay, 2,000 words (40%)
3. SGDE Assignment, 1,000 words (20%)
4. Take-Home Exam, 1,000 words (30%)
Assessment Related RequirementsParticipation in tutorials is a compulsory component of the course. Please inform your tutor prior to the tutorial if you are unable to attend. It may be possible to ‘make-up’ a tutorial at another time.
Assessment DetailThe online multiple-choice quiz will be based upon material from classes in the first four weeks of the course.
The research essay (2,000 words) will answer one of the essay questions to be located on MyUni, and students will be assessed on their research skills, ability to analyse primary and secondary sources, and how they employ the knowledge from these sources in a coherent and well-written response to the question.
The SGDE Assignment brings together the skills of each member of the group to explain their chosen topic to the rest of the class in the form of a powerpoint presentation or poster.
The take-home exam requires two short answers of approx. 500 words each. One will relate to a topic from the final weeks of the semester (not covered in research essay topics) and the other will ask students to consider one of the broader themes in the course.
SubmissionOnline Submission of Assignments (e-submission) via MyUni
Assignments are due before 11:59 pm. They are submitted in electronic format. Precise instructions on how to do this will be issued in due course
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· assessment item is worth 20% or less;
· student is registered with the Disability Office (need to attach a Access Plan).
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M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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