This course introduces students to the people, society, politics, and culture of Western Europe during the later Middle Ages. Focusing primarily on England, but branching into other areas of Western Europe, it will explore some of the socio-political structures, mentalities, and events that contribute to our understanding of the later medieval period.
The later Middle Ages have been interpreted as a time of decline and decay which preceded an enlightened Renaissance or ‘early modern’ era. Candidates will be offered a variety of documentary, literary, and artistic evidence alongside recent historiography to help them reflect upon and critically assess this view. In addition to exploring such themes as social relations, power, and beliefs, this course will engage with concepts of periodisation, including the terms ‘medieval’ and ‘early modern’, and with notions of historical change, transition, and continuity.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- critically discuss major social, political, economic, and cultural structures, events, and themes shaping the later Middle Ages;
- evaluate and analyse a range of later medieval sources and modern historiography;
- identify and assess evidence of change and continuity throughout the later medieval period;
- formulate logical arguments substantiated by research using primary sources and historiography relating to the medieval period;
- express ideas clearly in both written and oral modes of communication.
- Class participation (10) [LO 1,2,4,5]
- Source analysis: 1000 words (20) [LO 2,4,5]
- Topical Essay: 2000 words (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Synoptic/Reflective Essay: 2000 words (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorial and tutorial-like activities; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed texts for HIST2220. However, students are encouraged to read the introductory texts listed under Indicative Readings.
Recommended preliminary reading:
Marcus Bull, Thinking Medieval: An Introduction to the Study of the Middle Ages (Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)
S. H. Rigby, ed., A Companion to Britain in the Later Middle Ages (Malden: Blackwell, 2003)
These texts are both available electronically from the ANU Library.
Some familiarity with historical source analysis and the evaluation of historiography would be an advantage.
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- Unit value:
- 6 units
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|27 Jul 2020
|03 Aug 2020
|31 Aug 2020
|30 Oct 2020