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

The Medieval World (HIST*2200)

Code and section: HIST*2200*01

Term: Fall 2020

Instructor: Jacqueline Murray


AD-S Virtual:

This course will be taught online in a Synchronous format on the following scheduled day(s) and time(s):

TTH    11:30 am - 12:50 pm

Details provided by instructor: This course will be offered through remote delivery. It will have two synchronous lectures scheduled per week in the day/time above. There will also be asynchronous lectures and learning opportunities, including posts and group discussions.

Course Synopsis:

This course introduces the history and culture of western Europe in the Middle Ages, from the decline of the Roman Empire through to the emergence of the early modern world, roughly 500-1500. It does not focus on the chronological sequence of events. Rather, the course takes a thematic and cultural approach, examining the values, beliefs, and institutions that comprised medieval society and how these shaped the lives of medieval people. While primarily focused Western Europe, the Byzantine, Jewish, and Islamic cultures will also be examined.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, student will be able to:

  1. discuss the outline of medieval history and its key characteristics;
  2. appreciate the broadly multicultural nature of medieval society;
  3. assess and critique the markers of historical transformation;
  4. critically read and analyze primary and secondary sources;
  5. use multiple sources to develop an historical argument;
  6. articulate and appreciate the rich complexity of the Middle Ages.

Method of Evaluation: Research Quest

  1. Primary sources - 15%
  2. Secondary sources - 25%
  3. Research outline & thesis - 20%
  4. Posts & group discussions - 10%
  5. Final Essay (in lieu of final exam) - 30%

Required Texts:

  1. A Short History of the Middle Ages, Barbara H. Rosenwein, 5th ed. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2018.
  2. Reading the Middle Ages. Sources from Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic World. Edited by Barbara H. Rosenwein, 3rd ed. Toronto: 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 course outline will be available on Courselink before the first class of the semester.