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HIST 135. Aspects of Medieval English Society

Credits: 2
Department: History
Description: Study of English society in the Middle Ages (approx. 1066-1485) making specific reference to the rich heritage of this period to be found in Northumbria. Course offered at Alnwick U.K. International Studies Program only.
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Describe or use the methods and data by which historians investigate human conditions. Students are encouraged through lectures and the study of texts and source material to understand that historians operate by rules of evidence. Emphasis is placed on the necessity to approach the evidence in an objective, empathetic and constructively critical way. Students are expected in tests and written assignments to answer questions on the content and context of a variety of historical sources, artefacts, written and pictorial sources.
2. Analyze human behavior, culture, and social institutions and processes from the perspective of history. Lectures and site visits encourage students understanding of aspects of medieval English society and the art and architecture which were products of the social, political and belief systems of the period. Students are required to produce a project based on their research and field studies.
3. Develop explanations for and explore solutions to historical or contemporary social problems. Students are encouraged to understand and make connections between historical and contemporary problems relating to the human condition. Students are expected orally and in writing to recognize the historical rootedness of contemporary problems.
4. Reflect upon themselves in relation to family, communities, society, culture and/or their histories. Bringing students to an understanding of the fact that the present has been shaped by what has gone before encourages students to reflect on themselves in the historical context. Orally and in writing they are expected to reflect on the historical evolution of the British culture, society and political system to which they are themselves exposed as participants in the British Studies Programme.
5. Apply and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories about human societies and behavior. Students are encouraged in interactive lectures and through historiographical analysis to be aware of different approaches to, interpretations of and opinions about past events and personalities. Students are expected to read texts and articles which expose them to this aspect of historical scholarship and demonstrate their understanding where relevant in written assignments.

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