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Robert C. Stacey
HIST 112
Seattle Campus

The Medieval World

Political, economic, social, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages. Cannot be taken for credit toward a history major if HSTAM 331 or 332 or 333 previously taken.

Class description

This course is an introductory survey of European history during the middle ages, covering the period from roughly 250 C.E. to 1650 C.E. It emphasizes three distinctive features of European civilization that developed during this period: the gradual emergence of a distinction between religion and politics; the development of a concept of limited government; and the changing positions women occupied in European society. In addition to acquiring an understanding of the historical development of western European civilization during the middle ages, students will also learn to analyze primary sources for the historical evidence they can provide; to construct historical arguments based upon this primary source evidence; to evaluate competing historical arguments using primary source evidence; and to appreciate the distance between historical evidence and historical interpretations of that evidence.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures daily, Monday through Thursday; Friday discussion sections of 25 students each, led by graduate student teaching assistants.

Recommended preparation

This course presumes no previous background in the subject. Although aimed primarily at freshmen and sophomores, it is also suitable for junior and seniors who have not previously had a medieval history course. Students who have previously taken HSTAM 331, 332, or 333 are NOT eligible to enroll for credit in HIST 112.

Class assignments and grading

Daily preparatory reading in assigned textbook; weekly readings of primary sources written during the middle ages will be discussed in sections on Fridays. Two short papers (one 2-3 pages, with mandatory rewrite; the other 5-7 pages, optional rewrite); midterm exam; final exam. This class is a "W" class. You should expect that this class will require you to spend between 10 and 15 hours per week on it. Some students will spend more time than this on it. Very few who do well in the class will spend less than 10 hours per week on it.

15% for the first paper (2-3 pages); 10% for in-class midterm; 10% for take-home midterm essay (2-3 pages); 25% for the second paper (5-7 pages); 25% for the final exam; 15% for contributions to discussion sections.

You must turn in all graded assignments in order to pass this class.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Robert C. Stacey
Date: 10/17/2006