Charity L. Urbanski
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.
Introductory survey of medieval history. Our main themes will be the development of government and the evolving relationship between rulers and the Church. We will also explore some of the more distinctive features of medieval society, such as feudalism, chivalry, crusading, and heresy.
Student learning goals
Students will learn to 1) analyze primary sources for historical evidence; 2) construct historical arguments using evidence from primary sources; 3) evaluate historical arguments in secondary sources.
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion sections.
No previous knowledge of medieval history is assumed or required.
Class assignments and grading
Approximately 150 pages of reading per week. Students are expected to attend lecture regularly and participate in class discussions.
There will be two short papers (one 5-7 page, and one 7-8 page paper) drawing on primary documents assigned in class; a midterm exam; and a final exam.
10% for the midterm; 20% for the first paper; 25% for the second paper; 30% for the final exam; 15% for participation in discussion sections.
You must turn in all graded assignments and take both exams in order to pass this class.