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Unit Overview


This unit enables students to pursue specialist studies in an aspect of the medieval or early modern periods (500–1800). A variety of thematic foci, genres and contexts that were significant in either of these periods is chosen from time to time, depending on staff availability. However, the unit always offers the opportunity for intensive historicist analysis of medieval and/or early modern sources and materials, informed by relevant critical and theoretical understandings of the topic in question, and inculcating appropriate methodologies and scholarly protocols.

6 points

Students are able to (1) identify, understand and analyse important events, sources and issues relating to a significant topic from the medieval and/or early modern periods; (2) recognise and analyse dominant and emergent ideologies related to the topic, as manifested in a range of primary sources; (3) understand the relevant philosophical, social and cultural developments of the topic; (4) critically assess relevant scholarly arguments, and contribute to debates in the field; and (5) present informed and well-researched interpretations of issues arising within the studied topic.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) two written research assignments; (2) a seminar presentation; and (3) seminar contributions. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Andrew Lynch
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.