Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHistory
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kathleen Neal


The long term changes in European society and civilisation from the time of Charlemagne in the late eighth century to the first signs of the breaking apart of the idea of a unified Christendom in the early fiftteenth century. Themes include social structure, urbanisation, relationships between men and women, education, the crusades, the role of the church and the relationship between religious reform and heresy.


Upon successful completion of this unit students will have:

  1. Acquired and demonstrated an understanding of the structure of medieval European society as it evolved between 800 and 1450
  2. Considered critically the different ways developed by historians of looking at medieval society
  3. Become familiar with the major changes which took place in society, the Church and in political institutions between 1050 and 1450, and be able to discuss why these changes took place
  4. Learned how to interpret and discuss critically documents from the medieval period, provided in translation, setting them in their social context
  5. Learned to relate artistic, intellectual and literary culture, including Romanesque and Gothic architecture, to wider changes in medieval society
  6. Formed the ability to discuss critically, and in an informed fashion, the stereotypes conjured up by the term 'medieval'.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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