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Fall 2017-2018
* MED 227 / HUM 227 (LA)   No Audit

The World of the Middle Ages

Daniela E. Mairhofer

An introduction to medieval culture in Western Europe from the end of the classical world to ca. 1400. The course focuses on themes such as the medieval concepts of self, humanity, and God; nation-building, conquest and crusade; relations among Christians, Jews, and Moslems; literacy, heresy, and the rise of vernacular literature; gender, chivalry, and the medieval court. Material approached through various cultural forms and media; several lectures by invited guest lecturers. Seminar discussion format with some lecturing.

Sample reading list:
Clifford Backman, The Worlds of Medieval Europe
Patrick Geary, Readings in Medieval History
Augustine, The Confessions
Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 100 pages of primary and secondary readings per week; 2 short papers; midterm exam, take-home final.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other Requirements:
Course is required for concentrators

Other information:
This course is required for the Medieval Studies certificate.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
20435 L01 7:30 pm - 10:20 pm W   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:5 Limit:18