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The Dark Ages? Medieval Europe AD 300-1000 HTA277


In this unit we witness the birth of the Middle Ages, paying attention to the interactions between Barbarian warrior culture, Roman culture, and Christian culture. We examine the Franks, Anglo-Saxons, Huns, Vandals, Goths, Vikings, and other medieval peoples. Barbarians moved from being Roman outsiders to establishing their own kingdoms, pagans were converted to Christianity, Latin learning found a new home after the decline of the western Roman Empire, Islam had its origins, and new trade routes brought increased wealth as well as conflict between Vikings and other Europeans. At the same time, some fundamental aspects of everyday society remained constant for centuries. This unit uses written and archaeological evidence to examine this fascinating coexistence of change and ongoing continuities. As well as examining the transformation of Europe that took place between approximately 300-1000AD the unit also examines the extent to which broader historical phenomena, such as imperialism and colonialism, might have been relevant in the medieval context.


Unit name The Dark Ages? Medieval Europe AD 300-1000
Unit code HTA277
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Humanities
Discipline History and Classics
Teaching staff

Dr Elizabeth Freeman

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HTA201, HTA301, HTA256, HTA356, HTA257, HTA357


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2 x 1-hr lectures weekly; 7 x 1-hr tutorials. 

2 x 1-hr lectures weekly (accessed electronically); choice of study schools OR online tutorials


 2,500-word essay (40%), 500-word exercise (10%), tutorial participation (10%), 2-hr exam (40%) 

2,500-word essay (40%), 500-word exercise (10%), unit participation (10%), 2-hr exam (40%)

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