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HIS 232 - The Middle Ages of the Medieval World, Experimental

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

Designed to bring uniqueness of medieval society and its legacy to the modern world.  This course will focus on the development of the civilization of medieval Europe from approximately AD 1100 to 1500, with supporting material both before and after the period. The course will also explore the dynasties of China, India, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula, the origins of the modern nation-state, and the rediscovery of classical thinking that led to the Renaissance.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Discuss the cultural, religious, social, intellectual, political and military contributions of high and late medieval people.
  2. Discuss the basic political and social history of the world of the high and late Middle Ages.
  3. Evaluate the varying forms of government developed by medieval people and rulers.
  4. Analyze the tensions between religious and secular authorities and discuss the positive and negative aspects of these tensions.
  5. Discuss high and late medieval intellectual culture and trace both its antecedents and its subsequent development and influence on the Renaissance and Reformation.
  6. Compare and contrast the ways in which the mature medieval European worldview both differed from, and was similar to, the modern worldview.
  7. Analyze medieval art, architecture, literature and music and explain the ways in which these arts express the culture from which they sprang.
Listed Topics
  1. Rome, Christianity and the Early Middle Ages
  2. Economic, social, military and technological Issues
  3. The Crusades
  4. Medieval religion: Friars; Innocent III and the imperial papacy
  5. Medieval France: Political and Military History 987-1314
  6. Medieval England: Political and Military History 1066-1307
  7. Medieval universities, Literature, Music and Art
  8. Medieval Europe Wars (i.e.: Hundred Year’s War, War of the Roses, Agincourt)
  9. Social unrest: the “calamitous fourteenth century” and the Black Death; Great Schism
  10. Medieval Spain and the Mediterranean world
Reference Materials
Textbook, scholarly readings, films, maps and electronic resources as assigned.

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