Universität Wien FIND

070294 UE Guided Reading Medieval History - Plague and Climate Change in the Middle Ages (2021W)

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

Donnerstag 07.10. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 14.10. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 21.10. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 28.10. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 04.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 11.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 18.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 25.11. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 02.12. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 09.12. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 16.12. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 13.01. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 20.01. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital
Donnerstag 27.01. 13:30 - 15:00 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

This Guided Reading examines pandemic and climate change in the Middle Ages. We will read about the historical and scientific evidence for the First (or "Justinianic") Pandemic (c. 541-543, but ongoing to750) and the Second Pandemic (the "Black Death") (c. 1347-1353, but ongoing to the eighteenth century), and discuss debates over their significance. We will also consider the evidence for hemispheric climate change: the Late Antique Little Ice Age, the Medieval Climate Anomaly, and the Little Ice Age. How did these exogenous phenomena affect or interact with medieval societies?

The course also emphasizes the teaching of expository and analytical skills used by historians to articulate, defend, and disseminate scholarly findings. We will focus especially on how historians can use scientific methods and data. 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: Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte (4 ECTS)

Letzte Änderung: Do 23.03.2023 00:15