The Medieval World (HIST*2200) | College of Arts

The Medieval World (HIST*2200)

Code and section: HIST*2200*01

Term: Fall 2018

Instructor: Jacqueline Murray


Course Synopsis:

This course provides an introduction to the history and culture of the Middle Ages (ca. 500-ca.1500). Much of the focus will be on the medieval culture and society of Western Europe, however, attention will be given to the Byzantine East and the Islamic world. The course will take a thematic approach to understanding how the social, cultural, political, and ecclesiastical structures of society affected everyday life.

Learning Outcomes:

After successful completion of this course, students will have had the opportunity to:
1)    identify the geographic configuration of the Middle Ages;
2)    discuss the outline of medieval society and its key characteristics;
3)    identify the medieval origins of some modern institutions;
4)    understand the interactions between the Latin West, Byzantine East, and Islamic worlds;
5)    assess and critique the markers of historical transformation;
6)    articulate their awareness of the complexity and richness of medieval society;
7)    analyze primary sources and draw conclusions based on their evidence.

Method of Evaluation and Weights:

Map Quiz - 5%
Short Reflection -20%
Document Studies, in-class (4 out of 5) 40%
Final Exam - 35%
Total - 100%

Texts Required:

A Short History of the Middle Ages. Barbara H. Rosenwein, 5th ed (University of Toronto Press, 2018)
Reading the Middle Ages. Sources from Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World. Edited by Barbara H. Rosenwein, 3rd ed (University of Toronto Press, 2018)    

Please note: This is a preliminary website description only. The department reserves the right to change without notice any information in this description. The final, binding course outline will be distributed in the first class of the semester.