Spring 2018 not offered
|Course Cluster: Christianity Studies|
This introductory lecture course is a history of European politics, culture, and institutions from the end of the Roman Imperial era through 1520. Within a chronological framework we will focus on the creation of kingdoms and government; the growth and crises of papal-dominated Christianity┐its crusades and its philosophy;┐the rise and role of the knight, lady, and aristocratic culture; masculinity and gender relations; the crises of the later Middle Ages, including the Black Death, heresy, mysticism, and war. These all contributed to the beginnings of the Renaissance and the Reformation, events that ended the medieval period. We will also at least glance at the borderlands of Europe, the edges of Islamic and Orthodox worlds.
The course will also provide students with basic introductory exposure to the ideas and methods of the digital humanities through course illustrations and discussions. This will probably include exercises in visualizing the past, exposure to geographic information systems (GIS) analysis, text-mining, and network analysis.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (HIST-MN)(HIST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(SISP-Hist Conc)
Among Possible Readings:
Augustine, CONFESSIONS (Oxford World Classics)
Einhard, THE LIFE OF CHARLEMAGNE (University of Michigan Paperbacks)
Snorri Sturluson, KING HARALD'S SAGA (Penguin Classics)
LETTERS OF ABELARD AND HELOISE (Penguin Classics)
Dante Alighieri, THE DIVINE COMEDY (Mandelbaum translation: Everyman Edition)
Christine de Pizan, A MEDIEVAL WOMAN'S MIRROR OF HONOR. The Treasury of the City of Ladies
Regine Pernoud, JOAN OF ARC BY HERSELF AND HER WITNESSES 15TH CENTURY (Scarborough House)
Erasmus and Luther. DISCOURSES ON FREE WILL (Continuum Press)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short digital humanities assignments
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
There are likely to be two or three out of class time events that students are expected to try to attend. These will be workshops, lectures or demonstrations.
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