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, this course will introduce students to political structures, social systems and cultural values that shaped medieval Europe and would have a lasting impact on the centuries to come.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Identify and critically discuss key social, political, and cultural events/structures shaping medieval Europe
- Evaluate and analyse medieval sources for and scholarly debates about key events/structures shaping medieval Europe
- Conduct research critically engaging with medieval sources and relevant historiography
- Formulate logical arguments substantiated with medieval evidence
- Express ideas and arguments about medieval Europe effectively and clearly in both written and oral modes of communication
Indicative AssessmentTutorial and forum participation (10%) – LO 1–2, 4–5
Source analysis, 1000 words (20%) – LO 1–4
Topical essay, 2000 words (35%) – LO 1–5
Final (synoptic) essay, 2000 words (35%) – LO 1–5
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of face-to-fact contact, to be distributed between lectures and workshops across 12 weeks (3 hours/week).
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Preliminary ReadingMedieval 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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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
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