Medieval and Early Modern Studies major

Note: this major is only available to re-enrolling students.

Are you inspired by tales of the Vikings, moved by the drama of Shakespeare, intrigued by medieval castles and cathedrals, fascinated by the Renaissance, or curious about gender and sexuality throughout history? Then the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) major may be for you. You can explore Europe between the fifth and eighteenth centuries from a variety of perspectives including history, literary studies, Latin, visual arts, philosophy and archaeology. The social and cultural structures and practices of contemporary Australia are still heavily influenced by the mindsets that European settlers and immigrants brought with them. Studying Medieval and Early Modern Studies will enable you to explore this background to our present through a wide and diverse range of topics, from a uniquely Australian perspective.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) at the end of Level 1: (a) display familiarity with select modes of life, thought and culture in pre-modern Europe from 800–1700 CE; (b) display familiarity with the subject material of the medieval and early modern world from at least two different disciplinary perspectives; (c) display familiarity with various source types for study of the medieval and early modern period; (d) recognise varied disciplinary traditions on which MEMS scholars draw their analysis and interpretations; (e) contextualise their interpretations within distinct disciplinary traditions relevant to MEMS scholarship; and (f) present their learning using the appropriate discourse conventions of written and oral forms; (2) at the end of Level 2: (a) display increased familiarity with the fundamental intellectual structures of the medieval and early modern period (such as cosmological, scientific, and religious understandings); (b) show an understanding of how medieval society and culture related to, and re-imagined, the classical past; (c) locate appropriate sources independently; (d) read and interpret original source materials in support of an argument, contextualising their interpretation within existing scholarship, theories and methodologies; (e) display familiarity with the major disciplines that underpin study of medieval and early modern sources and their interpretation; (e) critically analyse the varied theoretical positions underpinning scholarship in the field; (f) develop nuanced interpretations from independent research and analysis, using the appropriate discourse conventions of written and oral form; and (3) at the end of Level 3: (a) understand key traditions and structures of European thought, science, society and culture in the medieval and early modern period, and analyse specific instances of their operations within particular historical contexts; (b) locate and interpret a range of original documents, texts and items of visual culture from the medieval and early modern period, in manuscript, print and other forms; (c) employ the appropriate necessary research techniques, such as palaeography, iconography, and an understanding of medieval literary theory, to interpretation of original source materials; (d) understand and locate their work within the breadth of appropriate disciplinary scholarship; (e) understand and locate their work within appropriate scholarly theories; (f) understand and develop their work using interdisciplinary methods and techniques in the context of long-running medieval and early modern cultural and historical traditions; (g) understand the significance of the pre-modern European period for the modern world, including Australia; and (h) present sophisticated interpretations from independent research and analysis, using the appropriate discourse conventions of written and oral forms; and (3) at the end of Level 3: (a) understand key traditions and structures of European thought, science, society and culture in the medieval and early modern period, and analyse specific instances of their operations within particular historical contexts; (b) locate and interpret a range of original documents, texts and items of visual culture from the medieval and early modern period, in manuscript, print and other forms; (c) employ the appropriate necessary research techniques, such as palaeography, iconography, and an understanding of medieval literary theory, to interpretation of original source materials; (d) understand and locate their work within the breadth of appropriate disciplinary scholarship; (e) understand and locate their work within appropriate scholarly theories; (f) understand and develop their work using interdisciplinary methods and techniques in the context of long-running medieval and early modern cultural and historical traditions; (g) understand the significance of the pre-modern European period for the modern world, including Australia; and (h) present sophisticated interpretations from independent research and analysis, using the appropriate discourse conventions of written and oral forms.

Degree-specific major

Medieval and Early Modern Studies can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP001 Bachelor of Arts
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Medieval and Early Modern Studies is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
  • one Level 1 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 HIST1003 Society and Culture in Europe, 800-1700
Incompatibility:
MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe, MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 CLAN1101 Latin 1
Incompatibility:
LATN1151 Beginners' Latin I
S1 HART1000 Great Moments in Art
Incompatibility:
VISA1000 Great Moments in Art
S1 HIST1001 Old Worlds and New Empires
Incompatibility:
HIST1101 Old Worlds, New Empires 1250–1750
Complementary units
Take the following complementary unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 SOCS1901 Communication in Practice
Incompatibility:
ENGL2280 Professional Writing, HUMA1901 English Language and Academic Communication I, HUMA1902 English Language and Academic Communication II; COMM1901 Communication in Practice

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Prerequisites:
ENGL1001 Journeys: Texts Across Place and Time
or
ENGL1114 Romance: Narratives of Imagination
or
HIST1001 Old Worlds and New Empires
or
HIST1101 Old Worlds and New Empires
or
VISA1000 Great Moments in Art
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
ENGL2601
S1 ENGL2602 Shakespeare and his World
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 English unit
or
MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
S1 HART2207 Caravaggio and the Baroque
Prerequisites:
HART1000 Great Moments in Art (formerly VISA1000)
or
HART1001 Art, Technology and Society (formerly VISA1001)
or
HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Incompatibility:
VISA2207 Art of the Counter-Reformation
HIST2004
S2 HIST2011 From 'Glorious Revolution' to Industrial Revolution: Making Britain, 1688–1888
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2244 Britain 1750–1900: the First Industrial Nation; HIST3344 Britain 1750–1900: the First Industrial Nation
HIST2012
S1 HIST2013 Medieval and Early Modern Women
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 History unit
or
GEND1902 Reading Bodies
or
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
Incompatibility:
HIST2219 Medieval and Early Modern Women

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENGL3003 The Arthurian Legend
Prerequisites:
(MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe)
or
any Level 2 ENGL unit
Incompatibility:
HUMA2294 Arthur: the Life of a Medieval Legend; HUMA3394 Arthur: the Life of a Medieval Legend;MEMS3003 Interdisciplinary Studies: The Arthurian Legend
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ENGL3601 Reading the Middle Ages
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 unit in English and Cultural Studies
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
S1 ENGL3602 Shakespeare: Page, Stage, Screen
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL2234 Shakespeare at the Movies
ENGL3603
S1 HART3361 The Dutch Golden Age and the Art of Exploration
Prerequisites:
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major sequence
OR
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Incompatibility:
VISA2208 Art of the Reformation VISA3320 Art of the Reformation VISA3361 The Dutch Golden Age and the Art of Exploration
N/A HART3371 The Northern Renaissance
Prerequisites:
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major sequence
Incompatibility:
VISA2297 Special Unit: Studies in the Renaissance, VISA3371 The Northern Renaissance
N/A HIST3007 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1600–1900
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2248 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1700–1900
S1 HIST3011 The Vikings
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 HIST unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2285 The Vikings; HIST3385 The Vikings
N/A HIST3012 Early Modern France 1500–1789
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 HIST unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Medieval and Early Modern Studies degree-specific major can be included in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-MDEMS

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Medieval and Early Modern Studies degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the Bachelor of Arts course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSP001-MDEMS-Generic

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Medieval and Early Modern Studies can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Medieval and Early Modern Studies can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Medieval and Early Modern Studies second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2018

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2019 or 2020.

Level 1

Second major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 HIST1003 Society and Culture in Europe, 800-1700
Incompatibility:
MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe, MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 CLAN1101 Latin 1
Incompatibility:
LATN1151 Beginners' Latin I
S1 HART1000 Great Moments in Art
Incompatibility:
VISA1000 Great Moments in Art
S1 HIST1001 Old Worlds and New Empires
Incompatibility:
HIST1101 Old Worlds, New Empires 1250–1750

Level 2

Second major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Prerequisites:
ENGL1001 Journeys: Texts Across Place and Time
or
ENGL1114 Romance: Narratives of Imagination
or
HIST1001 Old Worlds and New Empires
or
HIST1101 Old Worlds and New Empires
or
VISA1000 Great Moments in Art
Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
ENGL2601
S1 ENGL2602 Shakespeare and his World
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 English unit
or
MEMS1001 Life, Thought and Culture in Pre-modern Europe
S1 HART2207 Caravaggio and the Baroque
Prerequisites:
HART1000 Great Moments in Art (formerly VISA1000)
or
HART1001 Art, Technology and Society (formerly VISA1001)
or
HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Incompatibility:
VISA2207 Art of the Counter-Reformation
HIST2004
S2 HIST2011 From 'Glorious Revolution' to Industrial Revolution: Making Britain, 1688–1888
Prerequisites:
a Level 1 History unit
or
EURO1101 Europe Now: Cultures and Identities
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Incompatibility:
HIST2244 Britain 1750–1900: the First Industrial Nation; HIST3344 Britain 1750–1900: the First Industrial Nation
HIST2012
S1 HIST2013 Medieval and Early Modern Women
Prerequisites:
any Level 1 History unit
or
GEND1902 Reading Bodies
or
ENGL1902 Reading Bodies
Incompatibility:
HIST2219 Medieval and Early Modern Women

Level 3

Second major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 ENGL3003 The Arthurian Legend
Prerequisites:
(MEMS2002 World Views: Religion, Gender and Society in Pre-modern Europe
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe)
or
any Level 2 ENGL unit
Incompatibility:
HUMA2294 Arthur: the Life of a Medieval Legend; HUMA3394 Arthur: the Life of a Medieval Legend;MEMS3003 Interdisciplinary Studies: The Arthurian Legend
Second major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 ENGL3601 Reading the Middle Ages
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 unit in English and Cultural Studies
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
S1 ENGL3602 Shakespeare: Page, Stage, Screen
Prerequisites:
any Level 2 ENGL unit
or
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
or
EURO2209 Utopias, Imagination and Modernity in European Culture
Incompatibility:
ENGL2234 Shakespeare at the Movies
ENGL3603
S1 HART3361 The Dutch Golden Age and the Art of Exploration
Prerequisites:
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major sequence
OR
MEMS2001 Classical Traditions and Transformations in Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Incompatibility:
VISA2208 Art of the Reformation VISA3320 Art of the Reformation VISA3361 The Dutch Golden Age and the Art of Exploration
N/A HART3371 The Northern Renaissance
Prerequisites:
at least one Level 2 unit from the History of Art major sequence
Incompatibility:
VISA2297 Special Unit: Studies in the Renaissance, VISA3371 The Northern Renaissance
N/A HIST3007 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1600–1900
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 History unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2248 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1700–1900
S1 HIST3011 The Vikings
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 HIST unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Incompatibility:
HIST2285 The Vikings; HIST3385 The Vikings
N/A HIST3012 Early Modern France 1500–1789
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 HIST unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Medieval and Early Modern Studies can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

Example: Course Study Plan: CSPGeneric-DSMGeneric-MDEMS

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Medieval and Early Modern Studies can also be taken as a degree-specific major.