MEMS 211 - Later Medieval Europe, 1000-1500
Section: 001 Issues in Race & Ethnicity
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
RE, SS
Cost:
>100
Other Course Info:
W.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

"How was it that Europe emerged from the margins of the world's stage during the period called the High and Late Middle Ages (roughly 1000 to 1500)? Europeans witnessed stunning events in this period - the Magna Carta, the Black Death, and "discovery" of the New World. They saw the first signs of the Renaissance and Reformation. Through close readings of primary sources, we will examine what religious, political, and cultural transformations re-made Europe. We will ask, who belonged to this emerging world and who was excluded? We will ask what were the myths that bound disparate groups into "nations"? More generally, we will ask whether medieval Europe was on the way to becoming modern - secular and democratic - or a world so alien that it calls into question the idea of Europe altogether.


From the Crusades and the persecution of Jews to the coexistence of Jews, Christians, and Muslims in medieval Spain, the European Middle Ages have been seen as either precursor of modern racial and ethnic intolerance or a lost idyll. In this course, we will discuss the meaning of race, ethnicity, and racism, and we will actively think about how the examples of the Middle Ages compare to modern discrimination based on race, ethnicity, religion, class, gender, disability, and sexual orientation.”

Course Requirements:

There are no prerequisites for the course. Students will take two quizzes, write two short essays, and take a final exam.

Intended Audience:

All undergraduate students

Class Format:

Two lectures and one discussion section per week

MEMS 211 - Later Medieval Europe, 1000-1500
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 
11772
Open
75
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
P
11773
Open
25
 
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Tu 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
P
11774
Open
25
 
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Tu 1:00PM - 2:00PM
005 (DIS)
P
22369
Open
25
 
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Tu 3:00PM - 4:00PM
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