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Medieval Plague, War and Heresy (HIST10007)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeHIST10007
Semester 1
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

The period from 1300-1450 has been described as a 'calamitous' one in European history: it saw the deaths of 25 million people from plague; the ravages of the 100 Years War between France and England; Schism in the Church; heresy and the inquisition; the demise of the Templars; rebellion from peasants in England and wool workers in Italy; and the persecution and expulsion of millions of Jews. Despite these calamities, or perhaps because of them, the period was also one of extraordinary cultural innovation and social transformation. Through detailed case studies, students will be guided through one of the most turbulent and fascinating periods of European history.

Intended learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this subject should be able to:

  • reflect critically on the complexities of periodization in medieval history;
  • demonstrate familiarity with the major social, political and cultural developments of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries;
  • demonstrate an ability to analyse primary and secondary material in writing about the past;
  • demonstrate research skills through competent use of the library and other information sources; and
  • show critical thinking and analysis through recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument.

Last updated: 19 October 2018