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Faculty of Arts (2015/2016)
12.21 Medieval Studies

In accordance with Senate's Policy Regarding Inactive Courses, the course descriptions for courses which have not been offered in the previous three academic years and which are not scheduled to be offered in the current academic year have been removed from the following listing. For information about any of these inactive courses, please contact the Head of the Department.

Medieval Studies courses are designated by MST.


The Cultural Legacy of the Middle Ages

will survey the formative cultures of the Middle Ages - Latin, Celtic, Arabic - as well as the rise of the new vernacular cultures, Germanic and Romance. Literary trends such as the reliance on authority, the emergence of national epic and the development of court literature will be studied. The course examines the interplay of all the arts - literature, music, art and architecture.


Medieval Europe to 1050

(same as History 2320) is a survey of the economic, social, political and cultural developments of the early Middle Ages.

CR: History 2320


Medieval Europe, 1050 to the Reformation

(same as History 2330) is a survey of the economic, social, political and cultural developments of Europe in the high and late Middle Ages.

CR: History 2330


Medieval Books

(same as English 3002, History 3000, Religious Studies 3000) is an examination of the development and role of the manuscript book during the Middle Ages. Topics covered will include book production and dissemination; authors, scribes and audiences; and various kinds of books (e.g. glossed Bibles, anthologies, books of hours, etc.) and their uses.

CR: English 3002, History 3000, Religious Studies 3000

UL: this course may be substituted for a Greek and Roman Studies course in both the Classics degree programs (Honours, Joint Honours and general degree) and the Greek and Roman Studies degree programs (Honours, Joint Honours and general degree)


Art, Architecture and Medieval Life

(same as Archaeology 3001, Folklore 3001, History 3020) is an examination of the development of medieval art and architecture and of the ways in which they mirror various aspects of life in the Middle Ages. The course will include a discussion of art and architecture in the countryside, in the town, in the castle, in the cathedral and in the cloister.

CR: Archaeology 3001, Folklore 3001, History 3020

PR: MST 2000, 2001 or 2002 or permission of the instructor. It is recommended, but not obligatory, that students should have successfully completed one of the following courses: Archaeology 2480, Folklore 1000 or the former 2000, History 2320, History 2330, MST 2000, MST 2001, MST 2002


Folklore in Medieval Society

- inactive course.


Christian Thought in the Middle Ages

(same as Religious Studies 3560) is a study of the development of Christianity in the West from the eleventh century to the eve of the Reformation, through an examination of its principal thinkers and the most significant societal forces and events: the crusades, the universities, monasticism, religious dissent, and mysticism.

CR: Religious Studies 3560


Medieval Philosophy

(same as Philosophy 3760) is developments in Philosophy from Augustine to Ockham.

CR: Philosophy 3760


Women Writers of the Middle Ages

(same as English 3006, Gender Studies 3001, and the former Women's Studies 3001) will study selections from the considerable corpus of women's writings in the Medieval period, as well as issues which affected women's writing. All selections will be read in English translation.

CR: English 3006, the former MST 3351, Gender Studies 3001, the former Women's Studies 3001


Special Topics in Medieval Studies

is available only as part of the Harlow Campus Semester.


Special Topics in Medieval Studies

are seminars on such general, interdisciplinary or comparative subjects as, e.g., Popular Culture in the Middle Ages, The Medieval Stage, The Medieval Court, The Religious Orders, Women in Medieval Society, Medieval Universities, Scholasticism, Dante's Divine Comedy, Medieval Historiography, Arthurian Romance, Jewish Medieval Communities, Muslim Art and Architecture and The Byzantine World.

PR: MST 3000 or 3001 or permission of the instructor


Medieval Latin

(same as Classics 4202)

CR: Classics 4202

AR = Attendance requirement; CH = Credit hours are 3 unless otherwise noted; CO = Co-requisite(s); CR = Credit can be retained for only one course from the set(s) consisting of the course being described and the course(s) listed; LC = Lecture hours per week are 3 unless otherwise noted; LH = Laboratory hours per week; OR = Other requirements of the course such as tutorials, practical sessions, or seminars; PR = Prerequisite(s); UL = Usage limitation(s).