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    In the Middle Ages, a unified culture was born in Western Europe. This paper examines the making of distinctively European political thinking in the Middle Ages. Taking examples of pivotal thinkers from the 12th to the 15th centuries, HIST 403 examines the interplay of various intellectual traditions, including Christian theology, legal scholarship, Aristotelian and Ciceronian political ideas and Aristotelian and Galenic medical ideas. The paper thus aims to explore how the theory of the civil community became increasingly autonomous from medieval scholasticism, which was paradigmatically theological, and how and why ecclesiology (theory of church government) not only became diverse, but also defined the spiritual sphere more sharply in contrast with the temporal sphere.

    About this paper

    Paper title Topics in Medieval History
    Subject History
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,240.75
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    Pre or Corequisite
    48 300-level HIST points
    Teaching staff
    Professor Takashi Shogimen
    Course materials will be made available electronically.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Gain a historical understanding of how distinctively European political ideas came into existence in the Middle Ages
    • Learn how to analyse primary sources that consist of highly sophisticated intellectual texts
    • Engage critically with secondary literature
    • Assess diverse interpretations in intellectual history


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
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