Introduction to the Medieval World, 500-1500

As taught Autumn Semester 2010
The School of History 
Most history students, when applying to university, say they want to widen their knowledge of the past. As a School we take you at your word, teaching history from AD 500 onwards. This module introduces you to Europe in the Middle Ages (500-1500), a period in which Nottingham University has a distinguished tradition, built up by Jim Holt, Donald Bullough, Robert Markus, Bernard Hamilton and Michael Jones, and continued, we hope, by ourselves. The period covered by the module runs from the end of the Roman Empire in the west to the Renaissance. The legacy of this period is still with us: disputed notions of what constitutes European ‘unity’; profound divisions between West and East (and North and South); clashes between Christian and non-Christian cultures, especially Judaism and Islam. The module will introduce you to current historical debates and to a range of primary sources, in English translation, which will allow you to test your existing critical skills on unfamiliar and challenging material; in this respect it links effectively with the Learning History module. We hope that you will enjoy learning about this distant but formative period of European history, highly relevant to many of the dramatic changes taking place in Europe and the wider world today. If you do, remember that you can continue to study it throughout your time here.

Module Code: V11219
Year: 2010/11
Suitable for study at: Undergraduate level 1

Method and frequency of class: 1 x 1 hour lecture per week and 1 x 1 hour seminar per week.

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester.

Target Students: Single and Joint Honours History students There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

This Module has been identified as being particularly suitable for first year students, including those from other Schools.

Prerequisites: Students may not take V112A9 Introduction to the Medieval World 500-1200 or V112S9 Introduction to the Medieval World 1200-1500.

Corequisites: None

Offering School: History