The Medieval Reformation: Sources (HIH3277)
|Staff||Professor Sarah Hamilton - Convenor|
|Pre-requisites||At least 90 credits of History at Level 1 and/or Level 2.|
|Co-requisites||The Medieval Reformation: Context|
|Duration of Module||Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module will focus on the sources available for studying the changes which occurred in how Christianity was delivered to, and practiced by the laity, and the role which the laity played as active agents in promoting such changes, in the European Latin West in the period c. 900 – c. 1215. It will use a range of medieval sources in translation, including church law and other prescriptive texts, saints’ lives, chronicles, charters, and letters.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Evaluate the different and complex types of sources available for the study of the medieval reformation
- 2. Analyse the complex diversity of the sources studied.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Analyse closely original sources and to assess their reliability as historical evidence. Ability to focus on and comprehend complex texts
- 4. Understand and deploy relevant historical terminology in a comprehensible manner.
- 5. Employ critical understanding and evaluate the often complex reasoning of contemporary discourses
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 6. Conduct independent and autonomous study and group work, including presentation of material for group discussion, developed through the mode of learning.
- 7. Digest, select and organise material to produce, to a deadline, a coherent and cogent argument, developed through the mode of assessment
- 8. Present complex arguments orally.
1) Parish church and local community (policing the local community; foundation of local churches)
2) Reform of the pastoral clergy (distinguishing the clergy from the laity: clerical celibacy and other expectations of clerical behaviour; clerical roles in secular life)
3) Reform of the regular clergy (monastic and canonical reform; new orders; hermits; nuns)
4) Lay piety (public rites; private prayers; confraternities)
5) Lay enthusiasm (cult of saints; pilgrimage; crusade)
6) Discipline and belief (heretical beliefs; penance and excommunication)
7) Lateran IV
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled learning and teaching activities||44||Seminars (22 x 2 hours)|
|Guided independent study||256||Reading and preparation for seminars, coursework and presentations.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar discussion||Ongoing through course.||1-6, 8||Oral from tutor and fellow students.|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Portfolio||70||2 assignments totalling 4000 words||1-7||Verbal and written.|
|Individual Presentation||30||20-30 minutes||1-8||Verbal and written.|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Presentation||Written transcript of 20 minute presentation||1-8|
The re-assessment consists of a 4,000 word portfolio of source work, as in the original assessment, but replaces the individual presentation with a written script that could be delivered in such a presentation and which is the equivalent of 20 minutes of speech.
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
M. C. Miller (ed.), Power and the holy in the age of the investiture conflict: a brief history with documents (Boston, MA: Bedford/St Martins, 2005)
R. I. Moore (ed.), The birth of popular heresy (London, Edward Arnold, 1975; repr. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1995)
J. R. Shinners, (ed.), Medieval popular religion, 1000-1500: a reader (Peterborough, Ont: Broadview Press, 1997)
W.L. Wakefield and A.P.Evans (eds), Heresies of the high Middle Ages (New York: Columbia UP, 1969)
P. Sheingorn, trans, The Book of Sainte Foy (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1995)
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