HIST126 The Medieval Western World, (c.500 A.D. - c.1600)

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST126 The Medieval Western World, (c.500 A.D. - c.1600)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a survey and analysis of achievements and institutions of Western Europe from the disintegration of the Roman Empire through the Renaissance and Protestant Reformation. Major topics include the rise of Christianity and Islam, Feudalism, Renaissance, and Protestant Reformation.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. identify the major factors behind the fall of the Roman Empire;
    2. recount the rise of the major religions of Christianity and Islam;
    3. identify many of the major social, economic, and political arrangements of Medieval European civilization, such as Feudalism, Manorialism, and Towns;
    4. recount the history of the Catholic Church in the Medieval Period;
    5. evaluate the factors behind the onset of the Renaissance in Southern and Northern Europe; and
    6. evaluate the causes of the Protestant Reformation.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. the decline of the Roman World
    2. rise of Christianity
    3. impact of Byzantium and Islam upon Medieval Society
    4. age of Charlemagne
    5. Feudalism and Manorialism
    6. Medieval towns and commerce
    7. growth of government
    8. Roman Church 12th century
    9. Avignon Church and its crisis
    10. Renaissance: politics and the new learning
    11. Reformation: Luther and the crisis of the church
    12. Medieval legacy
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -2/99; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015