HIST 1020: The Medieval World
Updated 30 April 2015
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Syllabus and Digital Course Packet
Download the syllabus – HIST 1020 – Spring 2015 – Martinez R – V2
Digital Course Packet – Scroll down to the class schedule. Download items there.
In this survey of the Middle Ages, we will explore the time period in between the fall of the Roman Empire until the emergence of the Renaissance (1400s). We will focus on three sibling civilizations — Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic Mediterranean. We will explore medieval disease, superstitions, and religious co-existence, and warfare. In particular, we will explore convivencia (co-existence) in medieval Spain & the Holy Land. Using “Reacting to the Past” method, we will reenact the War Council of Acre, 1148, an important moment in the Second Crusade. Lastly, we will explore and study a 3D digital world known as Virtual Plasencia so that better understand medieval inter-religious life.
My Teaching Approach
My approach focuses on three elements: personal best efforts, improvement, and engagement. Although I must evaluate your work in relationship to your peers,
I am most interested in your personal effort to do your best. I absolutely take into consideration your improvement over time and the level of effort you dedicate to your work.
- Attend all class meetings and participate regularly. Two or more unexcused absences are grounds for an automatically failure in the course. Always attempt to contact me via email if you will be missing class.
- Complete all assignments on time and per instructions. Always ask questions if you are unclear about an assignment. Late work is not accepted.
- Abide by the university’s Student Code of Conduct. For specifics see: http://www.uccs.edu/dos/student-code-of-conduct.html
- If you have a disability for which you are requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact Disability Services (DS) within the first week of classes. DS is located in Main Hall 105.
People, Places, Times
Class Meetings: Thu, 10:50 am-1:40 pm, Columbine Hall 333
Dr. Roger L. Martínez-Dávila,
Dept. of History, Columbine Hall 2053,
ph 719.255.4070, firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Thu and Fri 2-3:30 pm
Mr. Kyle Clark, Graduate Student and Teaching Assistant
Dept. of History, Columbine Hall 2053,
Office Hours: Fri 10 am – 12 noon
- Follow class updates at Twitter @rogerlmartinez #HIST1020
- Course syllabus, materials, and handouts at http://bit.ly/1DWk63P
- Grades posted on UCCS Blackboard
Text and Readings
- Miller, Timothy S. and John W. Nesbitt. Walking Corpses: Leprosy in Byzantium and the Medieval West. Cornell University Press (2013). ISBN: 978-0-8014-5135-5
- The Second Crusade: The War Council of Acre, 1148. Reacting to the Past. Digital Course Packet. Please download SecondCrusade_StudentManual
- Download: Second Crusade Documents – Second Crusade Documents
- Nirenberg, David. Neighboring Faiths: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in the Middle Ages and Today. University of Chicago Press (2014). ISBN: 978-0-8014-5135-5
- Bailey, Michael D. Fearful Spirits, Reasoned Follies: The Boundaries of Superstition in Late Medieval Europe. Cornell University Press (2013). ISBN: 978-0-8014-5144-7
- Virtual Plasencia – a geovisual re-creation of the medieval city of Plasencia, Spain. Telling the story of the city (15th century) is important due to the intermixing of Jews, Catholics, & Muslims during this age of religious intolerance. This history reveals moments of conflict and cooperation between the different groups, but more importantly it details how some Jewish & Christian groups aligned their interests at the expense of other Christians. See: http://bit.ly/1x3Nkbg
Assignments and Grades
- Walking Corpses Paper: 3 to 4-page paper. Partial draft due on Feb. 12 and final revised essay due on Feb. 26. 25% of total course grade.
- Reacting to the Past: The War Council of Acre, 1148. 2/3 of your grade will be based on your writing assignments (5-7 pages) and 1/3 on participation (2 speeches + debate). See RTTP schedule for deadlines. 30% of total course grade.
- Thought Essay on Medieval Superstition. 3 to 4-page paper. Partial draft due on Apr 23 and final due on Apr. 30. 25% of total course grade.
- Neighboring Faiths Response Paper: 3 to 4-page paper on co-existence. Due by May 14, 2015, at 5pm via electronic submission on UCCS Blackboard. 20% of total course grade.
- Extra Credit: Trebuchet group participation, poster preparation, and “launch” event. Up to 10 points added to your final grade.
Jan 22 – What is the Medieval Period?
Jan 29 – Lecture (Medieval Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic Mediterranean), Small Group Discussion, AND Mr. Clark will show us how to evaluate a book chapter (from Walking Corpses) very quickly.
Read: Reading Packet for Jan. 29 (A Short History of the Middle Ages, Chapter Two: The Emergence of Sibling Cultures, pp. 61-100) and Walking Corpses, C1. Ancient World pp. 10-26
For Class: Be prepared to discuss the following questions: Question 1. Do you agree or disagree that these were three “related” sibling cultures? Explain your position and offer examples from the A Short History of the Middle Ages. Question 2. Which of the three cultures would you have liked to have lived in? Explain why you chose that culture — for what reasons — comfort, familiarity, adventure, interest, challenges?
AMC’s Walking Dead and Miller’s Walking Corpses
Feb 5 – Lecture, Small Group Work, and Discussion
Read: C2. Leprosy – C3. Byzantine Med., Appendix 1,
pp. 27-71, 163-172.
- Read: New York Times Articles Relating to Ebola
- Review: Writing Resources for Students — Check it out!
Feb 12 – Discussion & Small Group Work on Papers
Read: C4. Byzantine Lep…, Appendix 2, pp. 72-95, 173-185
Submit: Partial Draft Paper
Feb 19 – Discussion and View NOVA’s Medieval Siege
Read: C5. Leprosy…, C6. Knights, Appendix 3, pp. 96-154, 186-191.
- Meet with Dr. Martinez or Mr. Clark for a 10-15 minute appointment to discuss your draft paper. A sign-up sheet is posted at Columbine Hall 2053.
RTTP’s The War Council of Acre, 1148
(See detailed schedule and role assignments: HIST 1020 – 2nd Crusade Roles and Schedule – Spr 2015)
Mar 5 – RTTP
*Setup #3 and Quiz
*In Class Activity: Discussion Guide – Third Session
*Debate 1 – 1st Council Meeting – “What is Crusading?”
Mar 12 – RTTP
*Debate 1 continued – 2nd Council Meeting – “What is Crusading?” and Vote on Crusade
*Debate 2 – 3rd Council Meeting – “Who should lead the Crusade?”
*Submit: 1st RTTP Paper
Mar 19 – RTTP
*Debate 2 continued – 4th Council Meeting – “Who should lead the Crusade?” and Vote on Leader
*Debate 3 – 5th Council Meeting – “Against which City?”
*Submit: 2nd RTTP Paper
Mar 26 – Spring Break
Apr 2 – RTTP
*Debate 3 continued – 6th Council Meeting – “Against which City?” and Vote on City
*Post-Mortem and Evaluation
*Submit: 3rd RTTP Paper on Crusading
Apr 9 – Film: Kingdom of Heaven
Apr 16 – Class Discussion and Starting Your Papers
Read: Prologue, Introduction, pp. 1-34; Read: C2. Superstition, pp. 71-112
Assignment Distribution: HIST 1020 – Superstition – Assignment and Rubric
Apr 23 – Class Discussion and Small Group Work
Read: C3. The Cardinal, pp. 113-147 and C5. Witchcraft, 195-222
Due: Bring a partial draft of your paper to class.
Medieval Co-Existence: Neighboring Faiths
Apr 30 -Neighboring Faiths and Small Group Work
Read: C2. Love, C3. Deviant, C4. Massacre,
pp. 35-88 (choose any 2 chapters to read; do not read all 3 chapters)
Submit: Thematic Paper on Medieval Superstitution
HIST 1020 – Neighboring Faiths – Assignment and Rubric
May 7 – Small Group Work and Discussion
Read: C5. Conversion, C6. Figures, C7. Mass Conversion,
pp. 89-168 (choose any 2 chapters; do not read all 3 chapters)
May 14 – Final Exams Week – No Class
Submit: Final Paper