Module Details

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Title POVERTY, CHASTITY AND OBEDIENCE: THE MONASTIC LIFE IN LATE MEDIEVAL EUROPE, 1300-1550
Code HIST252
Coordinator Dr MRV Heale
History
Mrvheale@liverpool.ac.uk
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2021-22 Level 5 FHEQ Second Semester 15

Aims

To introduce students to debates on late medieval religion and society, including the role of poverty, the place of women and the continuing relevance of the crusading ideal, through an examination of the religious orders;

To explore the varying and evolving role of the religious orders across late medieval Europe;

To relate developments in the monastic life to wider changes in late medieval society.


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 an awareness of different historical methodologies.

(LO3) Students should have developed an understanding of the changing role of the religious orders in late medieval and sixteenth-century Europe.

(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

 

The lecture programme (eleven, one-hour lectures) provides an introduction to the various forms of monastic life for men and women found in late medieval Europe – monks, friars, nuns, hermits, anchorites, the military orders, and lay movements (such as the beguines) modelled on the religious orders. Attempts at monastic reform, culminating in the sixteenth-century dissolutions, will also be explored. The lectures will incorporate guidance for the researching and writing of student assignments. The seminar programme (five, two-hour classes) focuses on key themes relating to the late medieval monastic life. The first four seminars will address respectively (and from a range of perspectives) the evolving functions of the religious orders, their relations with the outside world, and external attitudes to the monastic life. The final seminar will hear and discuss presentations by students on their chosen topic of research.


Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching method 1 - lecture.
Eleven, one-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 discussions in the seminars.

Teaching method 2 - seminar.
Five, two-hour seminars. These focus on detailed group analysis of key aspects of the module, and hear and discuss assessed presentations by the students.


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 reassessment opportunity. This is not an anonymous assessment. Standard UoL penalties will apply.  5 minutes    15       
Essay. There is a reassessment opportunity. Standard UoL penalties will apply. This is an anonymous assessment.  -2500 words    85       

Recommended Texts

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