• Offered by School of History
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject History
  • Areas of interest History

The death of Charlemagne in 814 ushered in a period critical to the formation of medieval Europe. From the ninth to the thirteenth centuries, Europe experienced significant migration of peoples and witnessed the emergence of enduring political, legal and social institutions.  At the same time, divisions between and consolidation of religious institutions took place alongside the flourishing of dynamic intellectual and cultural centres, while expanding horizons to the north, south and east of Europe led to both productive and violent exchanges with peoples and places beyond the continental mainland.

This course will examine the shaping of medieval Europe between c. 850 and 1300 from the twin perspectives of cultures and conflicts. To consider the important role these interlinked facets of medieval life played in shaping the European world, this course will explore a range of topics, including Viking raids and Norse settlement in Europe; Angevins and empire; crusades; Church-State conflicts; heresies and religious persecution; Mediterranean cultures; intellectual renaissances; artistic developments; and Mongol invasions. By assessing cultures and conflicts across Europe in the centuries after the reign of Charlemagne, students will analyse, interpret, and develop arguments about political structures, social systems and cultural values that shaped medieval Europe and would have a lasting impact on the centuries to come.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify and critically discuss key social, political, and cultural events/structures shaping medieval Europe.
  2. Evaluate and analyse medieval sources for and scholarly debates about key events/structures shaping medieval Europe at an advanced level.
  3. Develop and execute an historical research project critically engaging with medieval sources and relevant historiography.
  4. Formulate logical arguments substantiated with medieval evidence.
  5. Express ideas and arguments about medieval Europe effectively and clearly in both written and oral modes of communication.

Indicative Assessment

Tutorial and forum participation (10%) – LO 1–2, 4–5

Source analysis, 1000 words (15%) – LO  1–4

Research proposal, 1500 words (20%) – LO 2–3

Research Essay due in Examination Period, 3500 words (55%) – LO 1–5

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

  • 36 hours of face-to-fact contact, to be distributed between lectures and workshops across 12 weeks (3 hours/week).
  • 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed HIST2243.

Preliminary Reading

Medieval History - General Introductions

Arnold, John A., What is Medieval History? (Cambridge: Polity, 2008)

Bull, Marcus,  Thinking Medieval: An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages (Houndmills: Palgrave, 2005); ANU e-bk


Medieval History - Introduction to period

Bartlett, Robert , The Making of Europe: Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950-1350 (London: Penguin, 1993)


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Unit value:
6 units

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2017 $3216
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2017 $4590
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9896 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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