MEMS 360 - Special Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Section: 201
Term: SU 2010
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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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.

MEMS 360 - Special Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Studies
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201 (LEC)
1LSA Jr>
TuTh 2:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Reserved for MEMS concentrators (please contact Terre for permission). Meets with History 397.201
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