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HIST215 Heretics, Witches, and Inquisitors

An examination of heretical movements and their persecution as well as witch-hunt in medieval and early modern Europe (1100-1700) in the religious, social, political and intellectual contexts.

This paper examines the rise and development of persecution in European society from the 12th century to the 17th century. While this paper surveys various types of heretical movements and their suppression in the Middle Ages and the witch-hunt in the early modern period, it also explores the legal and theological contexts that shaped the idea of heresy and inquisition and the intellectual contexts of witch-hunts, such as the conceptions of magic and demonology. The aim of the paper is, thus, to understand how and why a social, legal and religious system of persecution emerged and expanded in late medieval and early modern Europe.

Paper title Heretics, Witches, and Inquisitors
Paper code HIST215
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $851.85
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,585.00

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Prerequisite
One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
takashi.shogimen@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Takashi Shogimen
Textbooks
Recommended:

Malcolm Lambert, Medieval Heresy, third ed. (Oxford, 2002)

Brian P. Levack, The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe, second ed. (Longman, 1995)

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students will gain:
  • An historical understanding of how and why a social, legal and religious system of persecution emerged and expanded in late medieval and early modern Europe
  • They will also learn how to engage critically with secondary literature and assess diverse historical interpretations from interdisciplinary perspectives

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 9-15, 18-22
Thursday 15:00-15:50 9-15, 17-22

Tutorial

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
T1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20
T2 Tuesday 13:00-13:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20
T3 Wednesday 12:00-12:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20
T4 Wednesday 13:00-13:50 11, 13, 15, 18, 20

An examination of heretical movements and their persecution as well as witch-hunt in medieval and early modern Europe (1100-1700) in the religious, social, political and intellectual contexts.

This paper examines the rise and development of persecution in European society from the 12th century to the 17th century. While this paper surveys various types of heretical movements and their suppression in the Middle Ages and the witch-hunt in the early modern period, it also explores the legal and theological contexts that shaped the idea of heresy and inquisition and the intellectual contexts of witch-hunts, such as the conceptions of magic and demonology. The aim of the paper is, thus, to understand how and why a social, legal and religious system of persecution emerged and expanded in late medieval and early modern Europe.

Paper title Heretics, Witches, and Inquisitors
Paper code HIST215
Subject History
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019
Domestic Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for 2018 have not yet been set
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Prerequisite
One 100-level HIST paper or 54 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Contact
takashi.shogimen@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Professor Takashi Shogimen
Textbooks
Recommended:

Malcolm Lambert, Medieval Heresy, third ed. (Oxford, 2002)

Brian P. Levack, The Witch-Hunt in Early Modern Europe, second ed. (Longman, 1995)

In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Communication, Critical thinking.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students will gain:
  • An historical understanding of how and why a social, legal and religious system of persecution emerged and expanded in late medieval and early modern Europe
  • They will also learn how to engage critically with secondary literature and assess diverse historical interpretations from interdisciplinary perspectives

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Timetable

Not offered in 2018, expected to be offered in 2019

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard