- Department: History
- Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sethina Watson
- Credit value: 20 credits
- Credit level: C
- Academic year of delivery: 2019-20
- See module specification for other years: 2018-19
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The aims of this module are:
Students who complete this module successfully will:
A period of celebrated transformation, the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries were an exciting time to live. A newly-powerful papacy was drawing Europe together as 'Christendom' and launching the First Crusade, a call to saw thousands march to the Holy Land to seize Jerusalem. Towns were growing in size, wealth and power, and there was a renewed zeal for religion with its hermits, saints, and monks. Warfare and its wagers continued to cause upheaval, but they were coming under increasing criticism and being asked to fight for God and for good rather than for their own profit.
The French monarchy was emerging from obscurity, and bands of scholars, seeking new forms of learning, were congregating and laying the foundations for universities. All this was witnessed by one man, Guibert of Nogent, whose gossipy autobiography will be the main source for this module. Guibert lets us into a world where a new order was rising on his doorstep, within a landscape filled with violence and miracles. Here, we see one man’s response to this world, through his own struggles with learning, faith, sex, his tutor and, most of all, his indomitable mother.
Teaching will be in weekly 2-hour seminars taught over eight weeks. Each week students will do reading and preparation in order to be able to contribute to discussion.
The provisional outline for the module is as follows:
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During the autumn term students will be tasked with finding and researching their own primary source or sources in pairs or small groups, on which they will give a group presentation for formative assessment in one or more sessions during weeks 4-7.
Students will then submit 2,000-word assessed essay for summative assessment in week 10.
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The formative assessment is a group presentation and verbal feedback will be provided by the tutor in class followed by a written summary to each student within 10 working days. Students will have a 15 minute one-to-one tutorial to discuss the formative assessment and prepare for the summative assessment. For more information, see the Statement on Feedback.
For the summative assessment task, students will receive their provisional mark and written feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline. The tutor will then be available during student hours for follow-up guidance if required. For more information, see the Statement on Assessment.
For term time reading, please refer to the module VLE site. Should you wish to do any preliminary reading, you could look at the following:
Guibert of Nogent. Monodies and On the Relics of Saints: The Autobiography and a Manifesto of a French Monk from the time of the Crusades, trans. Jay Rubenstein & Joseph McAlhany. New York: Penguin Books, 2011.
Dunbabin, Jean. France in the Making, 843-1180. 2nd edition. Oxford: OUP, 2000.
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