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070199 UE Guided Reading Medieval History - Plague and Climate Change in the Middle Ages (2020W)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 7 - Geschichte
Continuous assessment of course work


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 hybrid-format will be determined by enrollments, classroom capacity, and evolving COVID-19 regulations. Be prepared for the possibility that some or all of the class format may need to be digital.

Thursday 08.10. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 15.10. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 22.10. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 29.10. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 05.11. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 12.11. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 19.11. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 26.11. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 17.12. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 07.01. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 14.01. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 21.01. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 28.01. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

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.

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: Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte (4 ECTS)
Diplom UF Geschichte: Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte

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