HIST 1020: The Medieval World

The Book of Contemplation. Usamah ibn-Munqidh

The Book of Contemplation. Usamah ibn-Munqidh

Updated 30 April 2015

 Spring 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.

Key Information


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.

Four Requirements

People, Places, Times

Class Meetings: Thu, 10:50 am-1:40 pm, Columbine Hall 333

Dr. Roger L. Martínez-Dávila,
Asst. Professor
Dept. of History, Columbine Hall 2053,
ph 719.255.4070, rmartin8@uccs.edu
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

Text and Readings

Assignments and Grades


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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?

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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.

Assignment Distribution: Response Essay on 21st Century Ebola in West Africa and Walking Corpses: Leprosy in Byzantium and the Medieval West – Instructions and Rubric.

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.

LouisVIIatVezelayRTTP’s The War Council of Acre, 1148
(See detailed schedule and role assignments: HIST 1020 – 2nd Crusade Roles and Schedule – Spr 2015)

Feb 26 – RTTP
*Setup #1 and Role Distribution
*Setup #2
*Read: SecondCrusade_StudentManual Pages 1-56.
*In Class Activity: Discussion Guide – Second Session
*Submit: Revised Final Paper

Mar 5 – RTTP
*Setup #3 and Quiz
*In Class Activity: Discussion Guide – Third Session
*Faction Meetings
*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



Exploring Superstition

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
Assignment Instructions:
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