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HIST403 Topics in Medieval History

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.

Paper title Topics in Medieval History
Paper code HIST403
Subject History
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
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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

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
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