Black Death And The Transformation Of The West HIST4049

  • Academic Session: 2015-16
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Course Aims

1. to develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years. 2. to offer the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options. 3. to offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness. 4. to introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturersÂ’ current research. 5. to encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving team work.

Requirements of Entry

None

Excluded Courses

Timetable only

Assessment

Two termly essays: 20%; Two termly presentations: 12%; Seminar contribution: 8%; Examination: 60%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

1. to develop the intellectual interests and analytical skills acquired by students during their first two years. 2. to offer the opportunity to study previously unfamiliar methodological approaches, chronological periods and geographical areas by offering a wide and flexible choice of options. 3. to offer the opportunity to develop skills in historical computing, as well as basic IT awareness. 4. to introduce complex historical debates and interpretations, to develop skill in interpreting primary sources where appropriate, and to inform these discussions with new ideas derived from lecturersÂ’ current research. 5. to encourage the development of transferable skills by fostering individual initiative, personal choice, group discussion and, where appropriate, problem-solving team work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Having completed this particular special subject, you should be able to achieve the following objectives: (i) to assess the bias and reliability of various types of historical sources; (in particular fourteenth and early fifteenth century medical descriptions, chronicles, stories, poetry, and paintings to reconstruct social and psychological realities of the fourteenth century in Western Europe); (ii) to analyse complex bodies of historical data (e.g. thousands of contemporary last wills and testaments in machine-readable form) and to undertake research within defined limits; to assess the nature and consequences of the Black Death for Western society and culture; (iii) to analyse other types of primary sources (in particular letters, short stories (novelle) and visual reproductions to assess the social and psychological consequences of the Black Death; (iv) to lead and participate in seminar discussions devoted to selected passages from primary sources, and to be able to assess orally and on paper the historical significance of a particular source; (v) to be able to evaluate historiansÂ’ opinions on the basis of a thorough knowledge of the primary sources; (vi) to draw comparisons over time, geography, gender and social class and to formulate a general assessment of the impact of the Black Death on western society and culture on the basis of an intensive study of primary and secondary sources; (vi) to use quantitative reasoning and descriptive statistics and to have a critical awareness of inferential statistics - their possibilities and limitations with data from the distant past.