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. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
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. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. 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.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  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 Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    See course format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date -2/99; Revised 5/2012