History | H206 2720 Medieval Civilization 2:30-3:45P TR BH310 Shopkow
H206 | 2720 | Shopkow L


Above section carries culture studies credit

The Middle Ages ended a long time ago, and although some of our institutions
(like the university) had their origins in that period, the lives of people
in Europe during the Middle Ages were fairly different from us in many ways.
Still, when we study the Middle Ages, we can come to understand the variety
of the human experience.

Because the period we know as the Middle Ages lasted so long (a thousand
years!) and because Europe is a large place, our foray into the Middle Ages
will emphasize certain themes to help us pull it all together:
1) Europe's connections with its neighbors
2) How the resources available to medieval people influenced their
political, social, and cultural organization
3) The relationship between secular and ecclesiastical people and
institutions

Sounds dry, huh? Not at all!! The Middle Ages is a fascinating period and
we'll talk about knights and kings and ladies and chivalry and all the other
things you think of when you think about the Middle Ages as well as many
things you don't think of (but will!)!

Textbook: Frankforter, Medieval Millennium
Skill Goals: To develop the analytic skills necessary to work with primary
sources; to further develop writing skills
Assignments: Several short assignments (1-2pp), one long paper (10pp), two
term exams and a final.