HIST133-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Medieval Europe: from Rome to the Black Death

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


A survey course covering a range of themes in Western European history including social and economic developments, government, religion and warfare (c. 300 - 1400).

What were the Middle Ages? This course offers an introduction to an important period of change and development in European history. It seeks to establish the key features of a distinctive western European culture that evolved over the course of a thousand years, a culture which has played a critical role in shaping our modern world.

The Europe of this course is the Europe of knights, castles and crusaders; but it is also the Europe of Magna Carta and the first universities and parliaments. From our system of government to the way we educate ourselves, we live in a world where the legacy of the European Middle Ages is profound. Much of this inheritance is as relevant to Aotearoa New Zealand today as it is to European countries: Where, for example, does the idea of the ‘Crown’ originate? Where does the name adopted by Canterbury’s rugby team come from? The answer to these and many other questions lie in the melting pot that is medieval Europe.

This course will offer a diverse approach to exploring the medieval world, one that will introduce you to a number of different forms of history. These will range from religious to political history via cultural history and the history of political thought. Particularly in the early parts of the course we will even explore what archaeology can tell us about the lives of medieval Europeans.

Learning Outcomes

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award

Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


HIST125, HIST130

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 E8 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 A3 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Karl Popper 413 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
02 Wednesday 13:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 252 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
03 Wednesday 08:00 - 09:00 Karl Popper 508 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
05 Thursday 09:00 - 10:00 Karl Popper 508 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
06 Wednesday 17:00 - 18:00 Karl Popper 413 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
07 Thursday 15:00 - 16:00 Karl Popper 413 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct

Course Coordinator

Chris Jones


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Multiple Choice Assessment Exercise 10%
Essay (one only) 20%
Final exam - 2 hours 40%
Tutorial Component 30%


Wim Blockmans and Peter Hoppenbrouwers, Introduction to Medieval Europe, 300-1500, 3rd edition (London: Routledge, 2018)

Image: Kaiserdom Speyer
Photo: Chris Jones

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $746.00

International fee $3,038.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Humanities and Creative Arts.

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