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070294 PS BA-Proseminar - Early Middle Ages (2021S)

Transformations in Europe and the Mediterranean, c. 300-1100

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

Thursday 04.03. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 11.03. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 18.03. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 25.03. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 15.04. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 22.04. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 29.04. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 06.05. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 20.05. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 27.05. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 10.06. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital
Thursday 24.06. 12:30 - 14:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

This Proseminar examines European and Mediterranean society in the transitional period between Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The period between c. 300 and c. 1100 marks the collapse or transformation of the Roman Empire, the Justinianic Plague or First Pandemic (541-c.750), the development of new early medieval religious and ethnic identities, and, by the end of the eleventh century, a new economic and political order around the Mediterranean. The course is oriented around the research of a proseminar paper, on an early medieval subject of your own choice.

Assessment and permitted materials

Attendance with active participation, careful reading of primary sources and secondary sources, course presentations, research and composition of proseminar research paper.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Participation: 25% (Participation, Attendance, Office Hours: 15%, Oral presentations: 10%)
Research Assignments: 25% (Topic Brainstorming: 10%, Bibliographical Essay and Bibliography: 15%)
Final Paper: 50% (Rough Draft: 15%, Final Paper: 35%)

Examination topics

The course culminates in a research paper on a relevant topic of your own choosing (40.000 characters = about 20 pages).

Reading list

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

Association in the course directory

BA Geschichte (2012): Mittelalter
BEd UF Geschichte: Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte, Globalgeschichte, Historisch-Kulturwissenschaftliche Europaforschung, Österreichische Geschichte 1.

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