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HIST3017 Mysticism, Melancholy and Madness
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Semester 1 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 option in the History major sequence
- Level 3 elective
- This unit explores the emotions, beliefs and thought structures of people in pre-modern Europe 1100–1800. Drawing on methods from cultural history and the history of mentalities, we examine a range of questions such as: Were medieval women mystics who only ate the Eucharist 'anorexic'? Were Englishmen more prone to melancholy than their continental counterparts in Elizabethan times? Why were some early modern delusions, e.g. the belief that one was made of glass or clay, attributed to 'hypochondria', and others to demonic possession? In short, how were altered states of consciousness—from depression to divine illumination—understood, represented and treated, from medieval to early modern times?
- Students are able to (1) describe and assess the basic methodological issues characteristic of the discipline of History; (2) describe, assess and evaluate methodological issues used in the study of mentalities in pre-modern Europe; (3) construct a logical argument (in written and in oral form); (4) demonstrate detailed understanding of developments in the history of mentalities, with particular reference to the history of altered states of consciousness, and an appreciation of the historiographical interpretations that have been advanced to explain them; (5) relate their independent source interpretations to the complex historiographical debates about histories of mentalities and histories of emotions; and (6) present advanced arguments in both written and oral assessments using the conventions of the historical discipline.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation and (2) written assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.
For units commencing in May 2022 or later the availability of the supplementary assessment is subject to confirmation.Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Except where supplementary assessment is not available in a unit, it will be offered to students in all units who:
- Are in good academic standing overall;
- Have passed over half the units taken in the teaching period concerned, except where they are only enrolled in two or less units in the period;
- Have submitted all assessment items in the unit;
- Have achieved a mark between 45 and 49 for the unit overall, or the same mark in any failed component item in the unit; and
- No finding of academic misconduct has been made against them in the unit concerned.
Additionally student may apply for supplementary assessment in any unit which is the final unit required for graduation in there course and where they have achieved a mark between 45 and 49 for the unit overall, or the same mark in any failed component item in the unit.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Jacqueline Van Gent
- Unit rules
- Any Level 2 History or Level 2 Medieval and Early Modern Studies unit or EURO2201 Civilisation and Barbarism in European Cultural History.
- MEMS2215 Mysticism, Melancholy and Madness
- Contact hours
- 1 hour lecture, 1 hour workshop and 1 hour tutorial
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