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.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

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 3 complementary unit
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 HIST1003 Love, Belief, and Death in Europe, 800-1800
Prerequisites:
Nil
Co-requisites:
Nil
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
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
LATN1151 Beginners' Latin I
S1 HART1000 Great Moments in Art
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
VISA1000 Great Moments in Art
S2 HIST1001 Clash of Empires
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
HIST1101 Old Worlds, New Empires 1250–1750
Complementary units
Take the following complementary unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 PACM1101 Communication in Practice
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
ENGL2280 Professional Writing; COMM1901 Communication in Practice; SOCS1901 Communication in Practice

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
MEMS2001
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
ENGL2601
ENGL2602
S1 HART2207 Caravaggio and the Baroque
Prerequisites:
HART1000 Great Moments in Art (formerly VISA1000)
or
HART1003 Ways of Seeing: Themes and Theories in Art
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
VISA2207 Art of the Counter-Reformation
HIST2004
S1 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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
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
or
GEND1901 Gender in Australia
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
HIST2219 Medieval and Early Modern Women

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take the following unit:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
ENGL3003
Degree-specific major units
Take unit(s) to the value of 18 points:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
N/A 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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.
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
or
LAWS2018 Law Literature
Co-requisites:
Nil.
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
Co-requisites:
Nil
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
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
VISA2297 Special Unit: Studies in the Renaissance, VISA3371 The Northern Renaissance
S1 HIST3007 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1600–1900
Prerequisites:
Completion of 12 points of Humanities units
or
permission of the unit coordinator;
or
any one of: EURO2201 European Civilisation; GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History; LAWS1110 Crime and Society;
or
LAWS2223 Criminal Justice Systems
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
HIST2248 Crime and Punishment in Britain 1700–1900
S1 HIST3011 Vikings, Crusaders, and Mongols: Medieval Europe in Conflict
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 HIST unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
HIST2285 The Vikings; HIST3385 The Vikings
S2 HIST3012 Rights, Rule and Power: From Magna Carta to the French Revolution
Prerequisites:
a Level 2 HIST unit
or
EURO2201 European Civilisation
or
GEND2902 Men and Masculinities in History
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil.

Choosing your degree-specific major

General degrees

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.

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

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

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. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

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