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2019/20 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

HIST2030 The Crusades and the Crusader States in the 12th Century

20 creditsClass Size: 41

Module manager: Dr James Doherty
Email: j.doherty@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module examines the genesis of the Crusades and their roots in the society of western Europe in the eleventh century, the political changes in the Middle East during this period, and the development of the ideology of Crusading up to c. 1200.The first three Crusades will be examined and the reasons for the success and failure of each, as well as the society of the Crusader states set up in the wake of the first Crusade: government, social structure, demography, economy, religion, treatment of subject peoples and external relations.

Objectives

By the end of the module students should be able to:
- analyse and understand one of the most significant episodes in the history of medieval society
- show knowledge and understanding of the genesis, course and impact of the first three crusades
- analyse the conflict and interaction of two distinct and separate cultures and value systems
- evaluate the intellectual consequences of the 'Holy War'
- analyse the structures of colonial societies in the Middles Ages
- demonstrate an understanding of the use of original sources for medieval history.

Skills outcomes
Enhances Common Skills listed below:

- High-level skills in oral and written communication of complex ideas.
- Independence of mind and self-discipline and self-direction to work effectively under own initiative.
- Ability to locate, handle and synthesize large amounts of information.
- Capacity to employ analytical and problem-solving abilities.
- Ability to engage constructively with the ideas of their peers, tutors and published sources.
- Empathy and active engagement with alternative cultural contexts.


Syllabus

The module will examine the genesis of the Crusades and their roots in the society of Western Europe in the 11th century, the political changes in the Middle East during this period, and the origins and development of the ideology of Crusading up to c. 1200.

The course of the first three Crusades will be examined and the reasons for the success and failure of each, as well as the society of the Crusader states set up in the wake of the first Crusade: government, social structure, demography, economy, religion, treatment of subject peoples and external relations.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial91.009.00
Private study hours180.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Exam preparation
- Researching, preparing, and writing assignments
- Undertaking set reading
- Self-directed reading around the topic

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Contributions to class discussions, an assessed exercise or exercises worth 10% of module marks, an assessed essay.

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 2,000 word assessed essay to be submitted Monday of week 8 in the semester which the module is taught40.00
Oral PresentationOral contribution in class10.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

10% oral presentations are redone with 'an equivalent written exercise'


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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