MEMS4103 Special Topic in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Andrew Lynch
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