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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit



Dr Kathleen Neal



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


This unit examines European society from the end of Roman empire to the turbulent fourteenth century. It analyses major themes of medieval history, including the place of religion in culture, thought and politics; social hierarchies; political structures and debates; gender; urbanisation; disease; and encounters between Europeans and cultures of the east. The unit also analyses modern uses of 'medieval' imagery, and considers the relationship between medieval stereotypes and understandings of modernity.


Upon successful completion of the unit students will have developed competencies in:

  1. Understanding major themes of medieval European history;
  2. Interpreting and discussing critically documents from the medieval period;
  3. Evaluating the arguments of historians about medieval society;
  4. Recognising and discussing critically the stereotypes conjured up by the term 'medieval', and their use in modern debates;
  5. Identifying and evaluating resources relevant to a historical question;
  6. Constructing clear written arguments;
  7. Tailoring information and arguments for a variety of audiences;
  8. Working effectively in individual and collaborative situations.


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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