This course offers an introductory survey of Western European history, from about 300 to 1500 C.E. Although textual sources are central to the study of history, we will also focus on visual and material sources to discuss the cultural, social, political, economic, and intellectual history of the Middle Ages, with a focus on the formation of identity. Classes will be a mixture of lecture, discussion, and collaborative assignments.
Learn to analyze and articulate meaning from primary sources created in the Middle Ages - both texts and material culture.
Learn to read critically and gain a broad understanding of European history. Gain the ability to describe the major historical trends in the history of Western Civilization during the Middle Ages.
Become more aware of material culture and the significance of place/space both in the medieval and modern world.
Develop a deeper understanding of cultures that may be different from our own. (Note that this course has a Global Cultures flag)
Rosenwein, Barbara, A Short History of the Middle Ages (2014 - one volume ISBN: 978-1-4426-0611-1) paperback
Augustine, Confessions (translated by F.J. Sheed)
Einhard and Notker the Stammerer, Two Lives of Charlemagne (Penguin Classics, translated by Lewis Thorpe)
The Letters of Abelard and Heloise (translated by Betty Radice)
Additional required readings will be made available electronically on Canvas or in a required Course Packet.
Map quiz: 5%
Quizzes (including pop quizzes): 15%
Mid-semester exams (cumulative): 30% (2 @ 15% each)
Final exam (cumulative): 30%
Class Participation: 10%