The Normans HIST5099

  • Academic Session: 2014-15
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Rather than concentrating primarily on the Norman conquest of England, this course takes a comparative approach to the dynamics of Norman expansion in a broader European context. This course seeks to explore not only mechanisms of conquest and political hegemony but also the cultural and social impact of Norman penetration. It examines the nature and development of the Norman duchy from its origins in the early tenth century, through the period of Norman military involvement in Britain, Apulia, Calabria, Spain and the Levant, up to the mid twelfth century, by which time the two great 'empires' of the Anglo-Norman regnum and the kingdom of Sicily had reached, if not indeed passed, their zenith. How far is the concept of 'empire' valid in relation to these principalities, and to what extent were they political or cultural entities?

Timetable

10 x 2 hours

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Standard entry to Masters at College level

Recommended Entry Requirements

Excluded Courses

None.

Co-requisites

None.

Assessment

1 x 4,000 word essay (70%)

Oral presentation + 2,000 word seminar paper (20%)

Seminar contribution (10%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ develop students' critical understanding of the dynamics of Norman expansion and of the political, social, military and cultural impact of the Normans on a range of European societies between the late tenth and early twelfth centuries;

■ develop an advanced understanding of the relation of argument and evidence in historical reasoning;

■ further develop students' ability to evaluate critically a range of relevant primary sources and to gain a good understanding of the relevant historiographical perspectives;

■ foster multi-disciplinary perspectives on the nature of the Norman impact on Europe.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course, students will beable to:

■ demonstrate understanding of the nature of historical debate;

■ evaluate conflicting argument and counter-argument;

■ understand issues of cultural dissemination and reception in their political contexts;

■ demonstrate advanced knowledge of primary sources for Norman history

■ demonstrate advanced knowledge of the period c. 911 to c. 1150 in relation to the Normans and their expansion within Europe