Module Details

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Title ANIMALS AND BEASTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Code HIST297
Coordinator Dr D Kempf
History
Damien.Kempf@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ First Semester 15

Aims

To introduce students to concepts and theories about animals in the Middle Ages;   To explore select case-studies in detail and investigate the role of animals within medieval human society;   To enhance the skills of essay writing, source criticism, conceptual thinking and historiographical evaluation.


Learning Outcomes

(LO1) An ability to read, analyse and reflect critically and contextually upon secondary evidence, including historical writings and the interpretations of historians.

(LO2) An understanding of the development of history as a discipline and anawareness of different historical methodologies.

(LO3) An understanding of the role of animals in medieval society.

(S1) Confidence, independence of mind, responsibility, organisation and time-management.

(S2) The ability to work collaboratively and to participate in group discussion

(S3) Gathering, analysing and organising information, including online and digital resources.

(S4) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of oral expression.

(S5) Structure, coherence, clarity and fluency of written expression


Syllabus

 

Lectures will offer an overview of the history of animals and beasts in the medieval period. We will look at all the different aspects of the role of animals in medieval society, at the social, economic, cultural and religious level. In seminars (five 2 hour seminars), we will focus on detailed analysis of specific types of documents, including bestiaries and maps, and the discussion will revolve around both textual and visual material.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching Method 1 - Lecture
Description: Eleven 1 hour lectures. The lectures provide a framework for the module, introduce the main themes, concepts and historical debates, and provide the context for the in-depth discussion in the seminars.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: 1 hour, whole class lectures in all weeks except Tutorial Week

Teaching Method 2 - Seminar
Description: Five 2 hour seminars. These focus on detailed group analysis of key aspects of the module, and hear and discuss assessed presentations by the students.
Attendance Recorded: Yes
Notes: Max 15 students per group


Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 11

10

        21
Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 129
TOTAL HOURS 150

Assessment

EXAM Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
             
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
(Semester)
% of
final
mark
Resit/resubmission
opportunity
Penalty for late
submission
Notes
Presentation There is a resit opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1  5 minutes    15       
Essay There is a resit opportunity. Standard UoL penalty applies for late submission. This is an anonymous assessment. Assessment Schedule (When) :Semester 1  2,500 words    85       

Recommended Texts

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