School of History

HST4102 - The Medieval World: Structures and Mentalities

A broad introduction to some characteristics of the medieval world.

Module code: HST4102

Credits: 15
Semester: SEM 2

Module Convenor: Dr Peter Denley/Professor Virginia Davis

This QMUL Model module provides a broad introductory overview of some characteristics of the medieval world. It aims to examine both the institutional and mental framework in which society operated, and features of everyday life and material culture. An ethnographic and descriptive approach will be prominent; the stress will be on the ways in which the medieval world differed from ours, though the module will also examine parallels and challenge the common assumption that society has necessarily 'progressed' in every possible way. ‘The Medieval World' is a compulsory part of the Medieval History degree programme, but is also intended to provide an effective foundation for students who wish to continue with medieval modules, and an accessible introduction for those who have never studied the Middle Ages.


Assessment: Source Analysis 1 (800 words) [20%], Source Analysis (1,200 words) [30% and Essay (2,000 words) [50%]
Level: 4