HISTORY 397 - History Colloquium
Section: 201 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in the Middle Ages
Term: SU 2010
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment limited to junior and senior History majors by permission only. History majors are required to elect HISTORY 396 or 397.
May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credit(s).
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In this course, we will explore ideas of morality and ethics in the Middle Ages. The primary material for the course will be medieval accounts of the lives of famous men and women. We will analyze the stories and develop an understanding of medieval categories of "good" and "bad." First, students will be asked to evaluate medieval theories of behavior with a focus on understanding the idea of "virtue." For example, what behaviors characterized those who possessed “justice” or "courage”? Second, students will be given the opportunity to explore how medieval authors understood the implications of morality. For example, how did medieval authors understand the aesthetic implications of virtue? How does good behavior make one beautiful, and evil behavior make one ugly? The class will pay particular attention to how moral and ethical ideas evolve or change over time. While Latin Christian material (in translation) will be the bulk of our reading, Jewish, Islamic, and Byzantine works will be read for enrichment and comparison.

HISTORY 397 - History Colloquium
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201 (SEM)
6LSA Jr>
TuTh 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: All sections of 397 are restricted to Jrs and/or Srs. Meets with MEMS 360.201.
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