Course design chronicles: the medieval survey part 1

Posted: August 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

My thoughts on redesigning my medieval survey course, over on a blog I started to meditate on teaching issues


I’m currently revising my medieval survey course for the spring of 2015. It’s both a lot of fun and very challenging at the same time, because I’m trying to incorporate a lot of new ideas from the last couple years AND to overlay several different kinds of learning paradigms in seamless fashion.  Here, in broad strokes, is what I’m thinking so far.

CHRONOLOGY:  c. 300 to c. 1555      

GEOGRAPHY:  Roman Christianity – Islam – Orthodoxy – Judaism 

CONCEPTS:  Frontier – Environment – Community – Authority – Object – Body – Other – Inquiry – ?

MODES OF LEARNING: Hand-written – Visual – Oral – Aural – Disputation

SUPPORTING MATERIALS: Barbara Rosenwein’s A Short History of the Middle Ages, and Reading the Middle Ages; selections from other contemporary medieval sources; selected articles for student analysis and discussion.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS: Research paper; book review; article report and presentation; midterm; final; quizzes/in-class…

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