Course - The Nordic Region in the Middle Ages - HIST2002
HIST2002 - The Nordic Region in the Middle Ages
Examination arrangement: Home examination
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This course provides an in-depth understanding of selected topics from Nordic history from c. 800 to 1550. The Nordic region is understood as the present-day Norden and adjoining regions with strong connections to the Norden in the Middle Ages, e.g. the former Norse communities in the British Isles, the North-German duchies and the Hanse towns. The course premise is that the Nordic region can be understood as one separate region with common political, social and cultural characteristics in the Middle Ages. Special Nordic phenomena and institutions as, e.g. the Viking Age expansion, the cult of St Olaf, inter-Scandinavian politics and the foreign trade from the coast of Norway and the Baltic Sea, will be observed and analysed in order to identify essential differences and similarities between the Nordic countries and landscapes in the Middle Ages. The political development covers the period from the formation of the three Scandinavian kingdoms in the Early Middle Ages to the attempts at creating a unified Nordic region in the later Middle Ages. The regions history is viewed against a broader European background. Although it is possible to emphasise the special features of the political, religious, social and cultural developments in the Nordic region, these developments were influenced by concurring European processes, e.g. emerging commercialisation, state development, plague epidemics and religious reform. Hence, the course aims at uncovering the distinctly Nordic against the general European background.
Examples of topics examined in this course include:
The political, religious and cultural consequences of the Viking Age expansion
The Scandinavian kingdoms consolidation and further development in the High Middle Ages.
The influence of European courtly life on Nordic elite culture.
Nordic unification in the Late Middle Ages
The Church as administrative, political and cultural actor and its role as a European connection.
From resource crisis or growth in the Early and High Middle Ages to crisis and recovery in the Late Middle Ages.
The course will introduce theoretical and methodological questions relevant for the given topic.
The topics on offer will vary from each academic year depending on the departments teaching resources as well as the lecturers field of expertise and current research focus. Find information on topics of the academic year here:
A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome
the candidate is expected to have attained
- In-depth knowledge of the most important developments within the specific field and historical period the course focuses on
- a thematic understanding providing a special knowledge within the field the course focuses on
- a deeper understanding of historiography, theory and method within the specific field the course focuses on
- develop a solid understanding of the different methods and perspectives used by historians.
The candidate is expected to
- be able to reason, argue and orient on chosen topics within the courses theme
- discuss the meaning of medieval history as a field of scholarly inquiry and education
- reflect orally and in writing on how different sources, theories and methods can be used to acquire an understanding of the specific field
Learning methods and activities
Lectures and/or seminars
Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.
Recommended previous knowledge
Required previous knowledge
See curriculum published at the start of the semester, and other materials (reading and lecture lists and other relevant information) published on Blackboard.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II
Term no.: 1
Teaching semester: AUTUMN 2020
Language of instruction: Norwegian
Examination arrangement: Home examination
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- * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.
For more information regarding registration for examination and examination procedures, see "Innsida - Exams"