Insiders and Outsiders in the Middle Ages (HISM149)
|Staff||Dr Levi Roach - Convenor|
Dr Alex Mallett - Lecturer
Professor Morwenna Ludlow - Lecturer
|Duration of Module||Term 2: 11 weeks;|
This module will investigate the relationships between those who regarded themselves as insiders within medieval communities and those whom the insiders defined as outsiders. It will thus consider the extent to which medieval western Europe, far from being a homogenous world, was one made up of many different multicultural communities. It will study the history of how communities defined themselves in the medieval world by exploring the themes of belonging to and exclusion from a community across a range of different case studies. This team-taught module will take a comparative approach, allowing students to investigate and compare the relationship between insiders and outsiders across a range of different communities, places and periods within medieval Europe. Groups covered will range from those who placed themselves outside medieval society voluntarily (e.g. pilgrims, hermits, merchants, mercenaries) to those who did so involuntarily (e.g. excommunicants, outlaws, captives, non-Christians), to those who may have chosen to set themselves apart from the prevailing norms (e.g. heretics).
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. Locate and evaluate critically the relevant primary and secondary source materials required to investigate a specific historical or methodological question.
- 2. Demonstrate a detailed knowledge of key themes and approaches in the study of definitions of community in the medieval world.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. Demonstrate the ability to analyse and synthesise widely different types of historical material and evidence.
- 4. Identify and understand the nature of original sources.
- 5. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key historical concepts and debates.
- 6. Research for themselves and present independent accounts and interpretations of different historical issues.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 7. Develop the capacity for independent critical study and thought.
- 8. Apply key bibliographical skills (including the use of on-line finding aids).
- 9. Construct and defend a sustained argument, both in written form and orally, using primary and secondary materials.
- 10. Work as an individual and with a tutor and peers in an independent, constructive and responsive way (e.g. lead a group discussion or task).
The module will be team-taught by two or three tutors and the Themes covered will depend on the tutors’ research interests.
Introduction: (whole module team) (WEEK 1)
Workshop: Insiders and Outsiders in the Medieval World: Approaches and Methodologies (WEEK 2) (Module co-ordinator)
EITHER PATHWAY A
Theme I (WEEKS 3-5) (one member of module team)
Theme II (WEEKS 6-8) (one member of module team)
Theme II (WEEKS 9-10) (one member of module team)
OR PATHWAY B
Theme I (Weeks 3-6) (one member of module team)
Theme II (Weeks 7-10) (one member of module team)
Conference workshop (end of module presentations to the whole module team) (Week 11)
Staff availability will determine whether Pathway A or Pathway B is followed, and which of the four thematic blocks is available in any given year.
Thematic blocks: students to take 2 or 3 blocks from those listed below:
I. Insiders and Outsiders in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages
II. Insiders and Outsiders in the British Isles 900-1200
III. Insiders and Outsiders in Northern Europe 900-1200
IV. Insiders and Outsiders in the Mediterranean World 900-1300
V. Insiders and Outsiders and the Church 1200-1500
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||22||11 x 2 hour seminars.|
|Guided independent study||278||Preparation for seminars, essays and presentations.|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|Seminar discussion||Ongoing||1-10||Oral through discussion with peers and tutor.|
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|
|Essay||38||3000 words||1-9||Oral and written|
|Essay||37||3000 words||1-9||Oral and written|
|Individual Presentation (with visual aids)||25||25-30 minutes||1-10||Oral 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||Script as for 25-30 minute presentation||1-10||Referral/deferral period|
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Bartlett, Robert. The Making of Europe. Conquest, Colonization and Cultural Change, 950-1350 (Harmondsworth: Allen Lane/Penguin Group, 1993).
Goodich, Michael (ed.), The Other Middle Ages (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998).
Moore, R. I. The Formation of a Persecuting Society: Power and Deviance in Western Europe, 950-1250 (Oxford: Blackwells, 1987).
Reynolds, Susan. Kingdoms and communities in western Europe 900-1300, 2nd edn (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997)
Stafford, Pauline, Janet L. Nelson, and Jane Martindale, eds, Law, laity and solidarities: Essays in Honour of Susan Reynolds (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2001).
Module has an active ELE page?
Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources
International medieval bibliography on-line via University of Exeter Library website
Internet medieval sourcebook: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/Sbook.html
Available as distance learning?
Last revision date
Key words search
Medieval, Middle Ages, Communities, Exclusion, Outsiders, Religion, Multicultural, Heresy, Society.