Jennifer A. Price
Examines special topics in ancient/medieval history.
An upper division survey class on the history of the crusades from their origins in the eleventh century to the decline of the movement in the early sixteenth century. Throughout the quarter a variety of contemporary sources will be submitted to critical examination in order to assess the image of the "enemy" in crusade literature, the ways in which crusading was understood by contemporaries and participants, how the crusader was perceived by those cultures he came in contact with, and what impact crusading had in the creation of a uniquely European sensibility.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This is an advanced history class. A previous university-level course in medieval history or medieval literature is recommended, but not required.
Class assignments and grading
The format of this class will vary between lecture and discussion. Course readings, in both primary and secondary sources, will average about 200 to 225 pages per week. Grades will be assigned on the following basis: a midterm exam/essay; a 2 page bibliographic essay; a 12-15 page paper (topics to be cleared with instructor in advance); a final exam (held during the last class meeting); class participation. Please note that students must complete all assignments in order to pass the course.
Midterm Exam 20% Bibliographic essay (2 pages) 10% Paper (12-15 pages) 40% Final Exam 20%