HIST2003 - Europe in the High and Late Middle Ages


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 6 hours ALLE

Course content

The course will offer selected in-depth study topics from European High and Late Medieval History, roughly covering the period 1000-1500 CE. The Early European Middle Ages is covered by the course HIST2001. The Middle Ages are a central and many-sided period in European History, roughly covering the millennium between 500 and 1500 CE. It is a long tradtion considering the period as fundamental for the creation of modern Europe. The Norwegian historian Johan Schreiner (1903-67) characterized the period as "a 1000 years period of growth". Modern research has made the picture more complex, but not les many-sided and interesting. Topics will cover different periods, countries and social fields, but will be discussed from different angles.

Central headwords for possible topics offered are:

• Three civilizations: cultural contacts, extension, expansion, crusades, the Roman heritage

• Political-institutional history: political organization on central and local level, war

• Political culture and communication including music and use of symbols, mentalities, identities and loyalities

• Church and religion: growth, division, reform, liturgy and music, the cult of saints

• Economy and demography: growth, crisis, recovery, demographic trends, the agrarian society, trade and urbanization,

The course will also introduce theoretical and methodical questiones connected to the topics given.

The topics on offer within this course will vary from term to term depending on available staff at the Department. The topics on offer will usually be designed according to the individual lecturer’s research interests. Find information on topics of the academic year here:

Learning outcome

A candidate who passes this course is expected to have the following learning outcome according to the course curriculum, defined as knowledge and skills:
- The candidate is familiar with the important stages of development for the actual topics
- know different historiographic and methodical trends in the field
- The candidate is able to apply his knowledge of this period to present and analyze questions connected to the topics given in the course
- is able to discuss the position of medieval studies' in historical research
- is able to carry through a source analysis that complies with the requirements of academic writing

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and/or seminars and one mandatory paper.

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory paper

Further on evaluation

Six hours home exam

Specific conditions

Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge


Course materials

The curriculum for each individual topic is published at the start of the semester, as well as other materials and information published on Blackboard.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
HIST2135 7.5 01.09.2018
HIST2155 7.5 01.09.2018
HIST2205 7.5 01.09.2018
More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • History of the Middle Ages
  • History
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Institutt for historiske og klassiske studier


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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