Nov 28, 2020  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
    
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21
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HIST 3531 - Vikings - Saxons - Franks: Western Europe, 476-1066


This course examines the formation of Germanic societies in the wake of the Roman Empire’s collapse in western Europe. We begin by surveying major transformations in political and legal institutions, economy and trade, and religious conversion. Our focus then shifts in turn to Franks in modern France and Germany, Saxons in Britain, and Scandinavians (better known as the Vikings) at home and abroad. Along with lectures and a textbook, we read primary sources including contemporary chronicles, saints’ lives, and sagas.

Requisites: Soph or Jr or Sr
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will be able to outline the chronology of major events in western Europe between the fifth and eleventh centuries.
  • Students will be able to describe various political institutions and legal practices important to early medieval societies.
  • Students will be able to identify key individuals and factors in the Christianization of western Europe between the fifth and eleventh centuries.
  • Students will be able to analyze primary sources for evidence of early medieval social and cultural practices.



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