Universität Wien

070178 UE Guided Reading Medieval History - Economic History of the Middle Ages (2021S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


Hinweis: Ihr Anmeldezeitpunkt innerhalb der Frist hat keine Auswirkungen auf die Platzvergabe (kein "first come, first served").


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

The situation may change, but for the sake of planning security expect the course to be held digitally.

Freitag 05.03. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 19.03. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 26.03. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 16.04. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 23.04. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 30.04. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 07.05. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 14.05. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 21.05. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 28.05. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 04.06. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 11.06. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 18.06. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Freitag 25.06. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This Guided Reading examines the material, social, and economic history of medieval Europe, with comparative reference to contemporary global societies. It covers the end of the Roman empire’s economy, the emergence and decline of so-called feudal institutions, the transformation of peasant agriculture, the impact of Viking and Mongol outsiders, the Crusades, living standards, the course and effects of climate change and epidemic disease, and long-distance trade across Eurasia before the Industrial Revolution. The course focuses especially on the institutions and technologies that contributed to the emergence of capitalism and economic growth in Western Europe, in contrast and comparison to the trajectories of other major medieval economies.

It also emphasizes the teaching of expository and analytical skills used by historians to articulate, defend, and disseminate scholarly findings. There will be short written assignments which lead up to the final paper.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Participation (25%), short papers (25%), first draft of final paper (15%), final paper (35%).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

Attendance with active participation, careful reading of primary sources and secondary sources, short papers on primary sources and secondary sources, research and composition of final research paper.


The final paper is a paper of 8-10 pages on a research topic within the course theme, which engages with primary and secondary sources.


All readings will either be provided by the instructor or on the course website.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Vertiefung zu: VO Mittelalter

BA Geschichte (2012): Mittelalter (4 ECTS)
BA Geschichte (2019): Mittelalter (5 ECTS)
BEd UF Geschichte: Politikgeschichte, Historisch-kulturwissenschaftliche Europaforschung, Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte (4 ECTS)

Letzte Änderung: Fr 12.05.2023 00:13