Jennifer A. Price
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.
This course serves as an introduction to the history and civilization of Europe from the late Roman period to the middle of the seventeenth century. It will emphasize political, religious and social developmets of the period. Particular attention will be paid to three themes: the relationship berween religion and politics, the development of the concept of constitutionally limited government, and the changing status of women in the middle ages. In addition to acquiring an understanding of the history of Europe in the middle ages, students will learn to analyze the evidence provided by primary documents; how to construct historical arguments and to evaluate the historical arguments of others in order to come to an appreciation of the distance that often exists between historical evidence and interpretations of that evidence.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This is an introductory course. No previous knowledge of the subject is necessary or expected.
Class assignments and grading
Approximately 100-150 pages of reading per week. Students are expected to attend lecture regularly and to participate in class discussions; there will be two short papers (one 2-3 pages; one 5-7 pages) drawing on primary documents assigned in class; a midterm exam (composed of an in-class and a take home component) and a final exam.