Full Listing of Medieval Studies Courses

Medieval Studies 1022 - Introduction to Medieval Studies

This foundation course will introduce civilization and thought in Europe and the Mediterranean between 400 and 1500, with emphasis on the medieval roots of many modern institutions and attitudes, including philosophy, technology, law, governance, courtly love and attitudes to women, warfare, art and archaeology, Christianity and Islam, literature, music and coinage. Antirequisite(s): Medieval Studies 1025F/G, 1026F/G. 3 hours, 1.0 course.

Medieval Studies 1025A/B - Introduction to the Medieval World

This course will introduce civilization and thought in Europe and the Mediterranean between 400 and 1500, with emphasis on the history, technology, law, governance, theology and philosophy of the period. It will focus on a theme, concept or moment in history, such as witchcraft, the Apocalypse, or the Crusades. Antirequisite(s): Medieval Studies 1022 or the former Medieval Studies 1020E. 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Medieval Studies 1026A/B - Introduction to Medieval Cultures and Literatures

This course will introduce civilization and thought in Europe and the Mediterranean between 400 and 1500, with emphasis on the cultures, art, music and literatures of the period. It will focus on a theme, concept or moment in history, such as courtly love and attitudes to women, warfare and weaponry, or the farce. Antirequisite(s): Medieval Studies 1022 or the former Medieval Studies 1020E. 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Medieval Studies 3022F/G - Introduction to Medieval Manuscripts

Using materials available in the Rare Books Room and from private collections, this course will familiarize students with the investigation of medieval manuscripts. It will introduce medieval scripts, the description of a medieval manuscript, issues of provenance and date, and the decoration used. Students will consider the preparation of ink and pigments, and the kinds of illumination and decoration available through the medieval period. Prerequisite(s): 70% or higher in 1.0, Medieval Studies 1022, or both Medieval Studies 1025A/B and 1026A/B, and Medieval Studies 2022F/G, or the former Medieval Studies 1020E. 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Medieval Studies 3320F/G - Directed Readings in Medieval Studies

Students pursue directed readings in a field of Medieval Studies selected in consultation with a faculty member. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the program. 0.5 course.

Medieval Studies 4320F/G - Independent Study Seminar

Students develop and pursue an independent research project, reporting on its progress in the seminar, and submitting an interim report and a final written report and oral presentation. Prerequisite(s): Permission of the program. 0.5 course.


Comparative Literature and Culture

Comparative Literature and Culture 3380F/G - Medieval Literature and Modern Cinema

The course studies medieval writings in tandem with films based on them, while also examining other cinematic attempts to recreate a 'real' Middle Ages. Included are the Story of the Grail, Death of King Arthur, Tristan, The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales; and films by Dreyer, Cocteau, Pasolini, Rohmer, and Bresson. Prerequisite(s): CLC 1020, or Medieval Studies 1020E, or both of Medieval Studies 1025F/G and 1026F/G, or permission of the Department. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.


English

English 2420E - Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Drama

Selected plays from the Medieval period to the closing of the theatres in 1642. Consult the Department for offerings. Prerequisite(s): At least 60% in 1.0 of English 1020E or 1022E or 1024E or 1035E or 1036E or both English 1027F/G and 1028F/G, or Medieval Studies 1020E, or both of Medieval Studies 1025F/G and 1026F/G, or permission of the Department. 3 lecture hours, 1.0 course. (Huron University College)

English 3114E - Medieval Language and Literature

An introduction to some of the major themes and forms of Old and Middle English literature, with particular emphasis on Beowulf, Chaucer and his contemporaries, and the Arthurian tradition. Antirequisite(s): English 3118F/G and English 3119F/G. Prerequisite(s): At least 60% in 1.0 of English 1020E or 1022E or 1024E or 1035E or 1036E or both English 1027F/G and 1028F/G, or Medieval Studies 1020E, or both of Medieval Studies 1025F/G and 1026F/G, or permission of the Department. 3.0 hours, 1.0 course (Huron University College)

English 3300 (formerly 3001) - History of the English Language

A study of the historical development of English phonology, morphology, orthography and syntax from Old English to the modern period. At the same time, we examine the changing roles of English (commercial, literary, and administrative) and the different varieties of the language available to its many speakers.

English 3310 (formerly English 3012) - Old English Language and Literature

Studying the language and literature of England a millennium ago, we will move from introducing the language to simple prose texts to the poetry of the Exeter and Vercelli Books, and for most of the second term to the study of Beowulf. Antirequisite(s): The former English 3012. Prerequisite(s): At least 60% in 1.0 of English 1020E or 1022E or 1024E or 1035E or 1036E or 1042E or both English 1027F/G and 1028F/G, or Medieval Studies 1022, or both of Medieval Studies 1025A/B and 1026A/B, or the former Medieval Studies 1020E, or permission of the Department. 3 hours, 1.0 course.

English 3315E - Disenchanted Chaucer: Authority and Literature in Medieval England

The authority of crown, family, and church, and even the texts that supported those institutions, was questioned in the late medieval period. While introducing the Middle English language, this course will explore how Geoffrey Chaucer and his contemporaries used literature to critique social and political institutions.

 


French

French 3540F/G-3542F/G- Culture & Literature in Society: The Middle Ages in France

Through the study of the cultural productions from the Middle Ages in France, students will deepen their knowledge of specific productions as well as of critical approaches to them in order to be able to formulate their own critical perspectives and to communicate them effectively and accurately orally and in writing. Prerequisite(s): French 2600E or (both French 2605F/G and 2606F/G) or permission of the Department. Permission of the Department is required for registration in the Z courses. 3 lecture/tutorial hours, 0.5 course.

French 3870B - History of the French Language

French 4040A - Old French Language

 


German

German 3305 - Advanced German
Take your German to the next level while exploring topics such as travel, politics, history, film, music, fine art, literature, technology and the environment. Learn to speak and write more fluently, express yourself more idiomatically, and master the more challenging points of German grammar.

German 3341F/G - Literature and Culture of the Middle Ages

Study the 12th century revitalized intellectual life in Europe, and the great medieval works of chivalry and romantic love in their cultural context. Gain indepth knowledge of castle and cathedral architecture, fashion, food, travel, sexuality, courtly love, and the hunt in text and image. Taught in English and German. Antirequisite(s): CLC 3340F/G, the former German 3300F/G, 4451F/G. Prerequisite(s): German 2215F/G. Pre-or Corequisite(s): German 3305 or permission of the Department. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.


History

History 2173 - War in the Ancient and Medieval World

A consideration of technical, cultural, social and political aspects of warfare. The course ends with the fall of Constantinople and the use of gunpowder. 2 lecture hours, 1.0 course.

History 2401E - Medieval Europe

This course examines the transformation of European economies, political structures, religious and social institutions, and cultures in the thousand years between the fall of Rome and the European voyages of discovery, and the degree to which ordinary people shaped their societies and affected the course of historical change. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 1.0 course.

History 2405E - Thrones Games: the English Monarchy from the Anglo-Saxons to the death of Richard III

The course begins with the Anglo-Saxon heptarchy (seven kingdoms) and ends in 1485. We shall study such themes as the means used to attain and keep power, the nature of rebellions and the relationship between rulers and ruled. Students will undertake document work and a Computer Module assist analysis. 3 hours, 1.0 course.

History 2606E - The Making of the Modern Middle East

This course moves from the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire through the formation of independent Turkey and the Arab and Jewish states to a consideration of social, economic and political developments such as the development of secular nationalism, socialism, pan-Islamism, and the challenges facing the modern Middle East. History 2608F/G, the former History 2161E. 2 lecture hours, 1 tutorial hour, 1.0 course.

History 2607F/G - The History and Civilization of Medieval Islam

The course introduces the main events and themes of Islamic history and civilization and their place in world history. Topics include: Muhammad and the Qur'an, the Islamic legal system, social structure and political institutions, literature, philosophy, theology, art and architecture, medicine and science, interaction with Europe, the Crusades, and trade. Antirequisite(s): History 2606E and the former History 2161. 3 lecture hours, 0.5 course.

History 3423F - North of the Wall: Scotland from Foundations to 1603
The creation of the kingdom of Scotland and of a sense of Scottish identity, from beginnings up to the union of the crowns of Scotland and England in 1603. Topics include Scottish geography, the racial composition of the Kingdom and the role of church and crown in uniting the country.

History 3497F - Selected Topics in European History: Criminals, Crime Scenes and Punishment in Medieval Britain

When someone commits a crime nowadays, witnesses and/or victims notify the police. But what would people do if no police force existed, as was the case in medieval Britain? How would criminals be apprehended and brought to justice? Not for the faint-hearted, this course will explore how both men and women experienced and dealt with crime in medieval Britain through a variety of (sometimes grisly) topics, including feud, imprisonment, murder, outlawry, rape, robbery, and execution. Prequisite(s): 1.0 course in History at the 2200 level or above. 3 hours, 0.5 course. (Huron University College)

History 3605E - Crusaders & Moslems in the Twelfth Century

Aspects of Frankish and Moslem Societies and Cultures in the Middle East. Prerequisite(s): 1.0 course in History at the 2200 level or above. 2 hours, 1.0 course.

History 4603F - Silk Roads and Spice Routes: Ancient and Medieval Asia and World Contacts
This course will investigate the economic, political, religious, cultural, and technological impact of long distance land and sea trade between Asia and other world regions in ancient and medieval times up to around 1500.


Latin

Latin 2000 - Advanced Latin
This course completes the study of forms and grammatical material not covered in the beginners’ course and introduces students to the works of Latin authors.


Music

Music 3700 A/B - Topics in Medieval Music

Selected topics in the historical, cultural, and analytical study of medieval music (c. 900 – 1400). Prerequisite(s): Music 1711F/G. Extra Information: 3 hours, 0.5 course.


Philosophy

Philosophy 2006 - The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Witchcraft

Witches: who they were, why they were thought to be witches by themselves and others, what was done to them and why? The course will treat a number of standard philosophical issues (the mind-body problem, causation, free-will, theories of knowledge) through a study of Renaissance and early modern material. 2 hours, 1.0 course.

Philosophy 2201F/G - Introduction to Medieval Philosophy

A brief survey of some main problems in mediaeval philosophy. Emphasis will be placed on metaphysical and epistemological issues. Antirequisite(s): The former Philosophy 273E. Prerequisite(s): Philosophy 2200F/G, Medieval Studies 1020E, or both of Medieval Studies 1025F/G and 1026F/G. 3 hours, 0.5 course. (Huron University College)

Philosophy 2205W/X - Ancient and Medieval Philosophy

A survey of the great philosophers from the pre-Socratics to Aquinas; focusing on the systematic unity of their thought, the influence of their ideas and their importance for us today. Themes include: the nature of reality, human existence, truth, God, political agency, and ethics. Antirequisite(s): Philosophy 2200F/G, 2201F/G. 6 lecture hours, 1.0 course. (King's University College)

Philosophy 3012F/G - Medieval Philosophy

A survey of core issues and figures in medieval philosophy. Prerequisite(s): Philosophy 2200F/G, Medieval Studies 1020E, or both of Medieval Studies 1025F/G and 1026F/G. 3 hours, 0.5 course.

Philosophy 3014F/G - Later Medieval Philosophy

An intermediate survey of selected works by philosophers writing in the high middle ages. Figures to be studied may include Siger of Brabant, Thomas Aquinas, Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham. Prerequisite(s): Philosophy 2200F/G, Medieval Studies 1020E, or both of Medieval Studies 1025F/G and 1026F/G. 3 hours, 0.5 course. (Huron University College)


Religious Studies

Religious Studies 2204F/G - World Religions: Judaism and Islam

A study of the history, faith and practices of Judaism and Islam. Antirequisite(s): Religious Studies 2130 3 hours, 0.5 course. (King's University College)


Other Course Options: Additional courses from those listed above or senior-level courses in Medieval Studies on an approved list*, or Latin 2000** (1.0 of these 2.0 courses may also be taken through study abroad, e.g., at Poitiers for an intensive Latin course, or engaging in a relevant archaeological dig in Europe or the Middle East.)