History | MEDIEVAL CALLINGS
J200 | 2925 | Elliott


1:00-2:15P     MW     BH335

Topic:  Sinner, Saint, Serf and Other Representative Lives
Above section open to freshmen, sophomores and juniors only
Above section COAS intensive writing section and also
requires registration in COAS W333

This course examines medieval society through the lens of the
vocations and pursuits of its members.  By focusing on individual case
studies, as revealed by primary sources, it illuminates larger social
constructs and ideologies. Some of these groups represent a
cross-section of the social estates and classes as, for example, the
ale-wife, the parish priest, the knight, the prostitute or the
intellectual.  But other vocations, such as the saint or the
sorceress, can transcend society's class divisions, instead
articulating its most cherished hopes and desperate fears.  This is an
intensive writing course, requiring 4 short (ca. 4-5 pp.) papers.  It
also necessitates active seminar participation, including oral
presentations.