HS2P11-Period in Medieval History:Power and Culture in Capetian France, 987-1270

Module Provider: History
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Level:5
Terms in which taught: Spring term module
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Module version for: 2014/5

Module Convenor: Prof Lindy Grant

Email: l.m.grant@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:

Aims:
Periods involve the study of substantial chronological periods. They aim to acquaint students with the causes and consequences of continuity and change over the long term in the political, social, economic and cultural systems under study. Periods are distinguished as Medieval, Early Modern or Modern. This particular period in Medieval history examines the making of France over the course of two centuries

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module it is expected that the student will be able to:

  • identify and explain the main issues and events studied
  • appraise critically the primary sources and historical interpretations of the subject
  • think comparatively about aspects of British, European or American history over a substantial period
  • assess the nature of social, economic, political and cultural change
  • organise material and articulate arguments effectively in writing, both under timed conditions and in different kinds of written exercises and orally.
  • locate and assemble bibliographic and other information by independent research, using IT as appropriate

Additional outcomes:
The module also aims to encourage the development of oral communication skills and the student’s effectiveness in group situations and team-working. Students will also develop their IT skills by use of relevant web resources and databases, where appropriate.

Outline content:
This module will examine France in the making. At the beginning of the period, France was an uncertain concept and an uneasy federation of unruly principalities under the nominal overlordship of the Capetian dynasty. By the end of the period France had come to approximate its modern borders, and was ruled with the apparatus of a modern state by a king, St Louis, who outshone all rival rulers on the European stage. Alongside these momentous events and developments, we shall explore broader underlying trends. Burgeoning trade in wine and cloth bought wealth to Champagne, Flanders and to Paris, which developed from a village on the Ile de la Cité into the most impressive new city in Christendom. The great monastic reforms of the late 11th and early 12th centuries emerged in Burgundy and western France, but the religious ferment generated heresies too, most famously the Albigensian heresy in the Languedoc. This was a time of cultural ferment as well. Out of the schools of Paris was born the first modern university in the early 13th century. France played a pre-eminent role in what is usually known as the Twelfth Century Renaissance; and the magnificent sequence of High Gothic Cathedrals from Chartres to Beauvais have led scholars to call the later part of this period the Age of the Great Cathedrals.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Seminars, requiring preparatory reading and investigation, may include informal and interactive presentations by the module teacher; structured group discussion; short seminar papers by students; occasional tutorials; team-based simulation exercises and debates; examination of primary and secondary sources, as appropriate. Staff will be available for consultation as necessary.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Seminars 30
Project Supervision 1
Guided independent study 169
       
Total hours by term 200.00
       
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 67
Written assignment including essay 33

Other information on summative assessment:
Students will write ONE essay of 2,500 words, to be submitted electronically via Blackboard and in hard copy to the History office by the Monday of week 8 of term, by latest 12 noon.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    One two-hour paper requiring two answers to be taken at the time of the Part 2 examinations.

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Where a re-sit is permitted, students will be assessed on the failed element(s) only in August. Any element(s) already passed will be carried forward if it bears a confirmed mark of 40% or more. Any element which is re-sat in August is capped at 40%. Failed coursework must be re-submitted by 12 noon, on the last Friday of August.

    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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