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

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work
Fr 18.06. 12:30-14:00 Digital


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

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

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


Aims, contents and method of the course

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.

Assessment and permitted materials

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

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

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.

Examination topics

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.

Reading list

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

Association in the course directory

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)

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