Oct 24, 2019  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2019-20
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HIST 1222 - Medieval History in Film & Literature

An introductory multimedia survey of medieval society and culture, especially but not exclusively European. The Middle Ages are commonly seen as primitive and barbaric, as pure and romantic, or as an infantile version of the modern world. This course invites students to test those generalizations against more critical views. Focus is on violence and religious life, two topics with a surprising amount of overlap between them. Along with reading primary sources, including warrior epics and saints’ lives, students analyze a variety of films ranging from famous to obscure, artistic to graphic. Whatever the medium, we are concerned with improving our critical and interpretative skills, and with better understanding the challenges and possibilities for engaging with cultures other than our own.

Credit Hours: 4
General Education Code: 2CP
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 4.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Preparedness is evident from clear, coherent, and substantive contributions to class discussion and written assignments.
  • Students can distinguish between interpretation and distortion and perspective and bias in their own analyses of films.
  • Students demonstrate a grasp of major developments in the social and religious history of medieval Europe.
  • The ability to analyze medieval literary sources and modern films within a historical framework.

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