History | Medieval Civilization
H206 | 2802 | Shopkow


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) Europeís connections with itís 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 weíll 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 donít think of (but will)!

Skill goals:  to develop the analytical skills necessary to work
with primary sources; to further develop writing skills.

Assignments:  weekly short assignments (1-2pp), intended to develop
reading and writing skills, two term exams and a final.